Class C firework injuries in a pediatric population

R. L. McCauley, B. A. Stenberg, R. L. Rutan, M. C. Robson, J. P. Heggers, David Herndon

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Abstract

Class C fireworks are those which can be readily purchased by the public. Between July 1971 and August 1988, 23 patients were admitted to our institution with firework injuries. Fourteen patients (60.9%) sustained injuries related to Class C fireworks. All patients were males with a mean age of 9.0 ± 3.6 years, with a total body surface area (TBSA) burn of 18 ± 20% with 10 ± 15% being full thickness. Thirteen of the 14 patients required hospitalization. Five patients were admitted acutely and eight patients were referred to our institution at least 3 days postinjury. All patients required operative intervention in order to obtain wound closure. Patients admitted acutely showed a decrease in length of hospital stay and patient morbidity when compared to referral patients. Our data suggest that class C firework injuries, although small in terms of TBSA burned, result in full-thickness wounds that warrant aggressive surgical management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)389-391
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Trauma
Volume31
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1991

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Pediatrics
Wounds and Injuries
Population
Body Surface Area
Length of Stay
Hospitalization
Referral and Consultation
Morbidity

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McCauley, R. L., Stenberg, B. A., Rutan, R. L., Robson, M. C., Heggers, J. P., & Herndon, D. (1991). Class C firework injuries in a pediatric population. Journal of Trauma, 31(3), 389-391.

Class C firework injuries in a pediatric population. / McCauley, R. L.; Stenberg, B. A.; Rutan, R. L.; Robson, M. C.; Heggers, J. P.; Herndon, David.

In: Journal of Trauma, Vol. 31, No. 3, 1991, p. 389-391.

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McCauley, RL, Stenberg, BA, Rutan, RL, Robson, MC, Heggers, JP & Herndon, D 1991, 'Class C firework injuries in a pediatric population', Journal of Trauma, vol. 31, no. 3, pp. 389-391.
McCauley RL, Stenberg BA, Rutan RL, Robson MC, Heggers JP, Herndon D. Class C firework injuries in a pediatric population. Journal of Trauma. 1991;31(3):389-391.
McCauley, R. L. ; Stenberg, B. A. ; Rutan, R. L. ; Robson, M. C. ; Heggers, J. P. ; Herndon, David. / Class C firework injuries in a pediatric population. In: Journal of Trauma. 1991 ; Vol. 31, No. 3. pp. 389-391.
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