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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||1|
|Journal||Journal of Trauma - Injury, Infection and Critical Care|
|State||Published - Mar 1991|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine