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Happy 4th of July (almost!) and Welcome to Medical Monday!
Today’s Topic is: Things that go BOOM
So 4th of July falls in the middle of the week this year. Which means a whole week of partying!!! It also means it’s a busy time for Emergency Departments all across the USA. When alcohol and things that go BOOM mix, someone’s gonna lose an eye! (or a limb)
I have seen some devastating injuries from fireworks. Hands burned off, fingers traumatically amputated, faces melted, people with a glass eye as a result of their shenanigans, and all sorts of other fun stuff. There was usually alcohol involved. You need to prevent these kinds of injuries. Especially if it’s like “Land of the Dead” where the zombies are fascinated by Fireworks.
#1 rule of fireworks: Unless it is a sparkler, don’t hold it!! This is where a lot of injuries occur. “The firework went off in my hand. That is why I’m missing a few fingers and my whole hand is burnt.” That is a very common “chief complaint” during the week of the 4th. The other burn injuries occur around grills and there being waaaaaay too much lighter fluid involved. Darwinism perhaps?
I don’t know how to set off fireworks (they are illegal in NY), but if you decide to play with them, get drunk AFTER, not before. Google how to do it safely. Wear safety goggles. Wear heavy duty gloves. Don’t be a dumbass.
Moral of the Story: Look like a total nerd for an hour rather than a monster for the rest of your life (and nerds are cute!!!)