The Burnett Burn Center at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., treated 17 patients for fireworks-related injuries from July 3 to midday July 5.
According to a hospital spokesman, six of the patients have been admitted to the burn unit. Of all the patients treated, the youngest was 17 months and the oldest was a patient in the early 40s.
Six of the 17 burn patients were from Wyandotte County, a spokesman said.
“We prepare for this time every year,” said Kayla Northrop, nurse educator in the burn unit. “Unfortunately, we see injuries from fireworks of all kinds, including bottle rockets, M-80s, smoke bombs and sparklers.”
In 2011, the burn unit team treated 30 patients over a five-day period for fireworks-related injuries. In 2012, that figure rose to 38. In both years, most of those were adults in their early to mid-20s, but several were children as young as 2 and 3 years old.
The Burnett Burn Center at The University of Kansas Hospital is the only nationally accredited pediatric and adult burn center in the region.
- Story from KU Hospital