Class C firework injuries in a pediatric population

Robert L. McCauley, Brian A. Stenberg, Randi L. Rutan, Martin C. Robson, John P. Heggers, David N. Herndon

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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
Number of pages1
JournalJournal of Trauma - Injury, Infection and Critical Care
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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