7 statistics on fireworks-related injuries, ED visits

As Independence Day approaches, hospitals can expect a number of patients landing in emergency departments with fireworks-related injuries. The Consumer Product Safety Commission's 2017 Fireworks Annual Report found about 12,900 injuries treated in U.S. EDs during 2017 involved fireworks.

Here are six other statistics on fireworks-related injuries and ED visits in 2017:

1. During the monthlong special study period, about 8,700 fireworks-related injuries (67 percent of total estimated fireworks-related injuries in 2017) were treated in EDs.

2. Half of the estimated ED-treated, fireworks-related injuries were in individuals younger than 20 years old.

3. The special report revealed children 10 to 14 years old had the highest estimated rate of fireworks-related injuries treated in EDs (5.9 injuries per 100,000 people).

4. About 1,200 ED-treated injuries were associated with sparklers; 800 were with firecrackers; and 300 were with bottle rockets.

5. More than half (53 percent) of the ED-treated injuries were burns.

6. About 82 percent of those with fireworks-related injuries received treatment at the ED and were released, and about 14 percent of patients were treated and transferred to another hospital or admitted to the hospital.

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