Burn injuries are extremely painful and can have serious complications. Treatment often requires weeks spent in the burn unit as doctors work to heal the skin and reduce the risk of infection. All of this can add up to tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills and leave victims financially stressed as well as physically and emotionally scarred.
Our skulls are designed to protect the sensitive brain tissue inside, but they can only do so much. Serious head injuries, referred to as traumatic brain injuries, are one of the most severe types of injuries and can result in brain damage and lifelong complications for the victim.
Burns can be extremely severe, sometimes requiring skin grafts, multiple surgeries, long-term rehabilitative treatment and/or physical therapy. For third-degree burns, longer hospital stays may be needed because of the increased risk of infection. In 2010 alone, there were 450,000 burn injuries that required medical treatment, according to the American Burn Association. This was just the number of burns that were treated in emergency rooms and hospitals. Many more minor burn injuries are treated at home or in doctors' offices or clinics.
Arizona's summer months bring warm nights, county fairs and Independence Day, meaning it is fireworks season. While many people enjoy watching fireworks displays, firework accidents can cause severe burn injuries. According to a study conducted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 11,400 people were injured and eight were killed in firework-related incidents in 2013. Over half of those injuries occurred within a month of July 4.
We are seeing treatments for spinal cord injuries that may actually provide individuals hope. One patient who was told that he would never be able to walk again found that he could voluntarily move his right leg and toes through the assistance of an electric stimulator that was implanted into his spine. This occurred more than two years after the motor vehicle accident that had left him paralyzed.
A burn injury to a child could result in an infection that moves to a muscle or joint. In the event this occurs it could result in restriction to the child's movement for the remainder of his or her life. It's for this reason that medical treatment is immediately required. In part this is why burn injuries are so serious in nature.