Albany Med Doctors Stress Leaving Fireworks to the Professionals
ALBANY, N.Y., July 3, 2014 — While fireworks are an expected feature of the 4th of July holiday, physicians at Albany Medical Center’s emergency department are strongly encouraging members of the community to attend public fireworks displays and leave the lighting to the professionals.
“No one thinks they’ll be injured by a firework—until they are,” said Daniel Pauze, M.D., assistant professor of Emergency Medicine and an attending physician at Albany Medical Center.
“We see burns most commonly,” Dr. Pauze said. “There are also a good number of eye injuries from bottle rockets, roman candles, and other projectiles.”
There’s evidence to suggest, too, that fireworks-related visits to emergency rooms are on the rise. According to new statistics released by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the number of these visits increased last year—and of the eight fireworks-related deaths reported to the CPSC, all were caused by illegal and homemade fireworks.
Dr. Pauze cautions parents to be extra vigilant about safety. “Even sparklers, which can seem very innocuous, burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees,” he said. “Parents need to be very aware of the dangers that these and other fireworks pose.”
“The easiest way to ensure a safe and happy Fourth of July,” Dr. Pauze said, “is to let the professionals handle the fireworks.”
Albany Medical Center, northeastern New York’s only academic health sciences center, is one of the largest private employers in the Capital Region. It incorporates the 734-bed Albany Medical Center Hospital, which offers the widest range of medical and surgical services in the region, and the Albany Medical College, which trains the next generation of doctors, scientists and other healthcare professionals, and also includes a biomedical research enterprise and the region’s largest physicians practice with nearly 400 doctors. Albany Medical Center works with dozens of community partners to improve the region’s health and quality of life. For more information: www.amc.edu or www.facebook.com/albanymedicalcenter.
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