Novel Burn Treatment Under Development for Severe Injuries
Over the past few years, burn treatment has been an active area of research. A company called Mallinckrodt recently announced that its novel burn injury treatment produced positive results in clinical trials. This might provide a suitable alternative to conventional treatments, such as autografts. Autografts are skin grafts that are taken from one part of the patient’s body and moved to another location to assist with healing. If a patient has a severe burn injury on their back, a surgeon might move the skin from one part of the body (such as the inner thigh) to the back to assist with the healing process.
Delayed Blood Vessel Injury
Burn injuries are not unusual in a motor vehicle accident and the complications, such as blood vessel rupture, might not show up until weeks after the initial injury. In a severe auto accident, the inner workings of the vehicle are exposed. This presents ample opportunity for an individual to suffer a severe burn. Some of the possible sources include:
4th of July Fireworks
I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Burn Injury Lawyer. Celebrating Independence Day as Americans is an important event. Family and friends gather together for the best of summer activities. Swimming, barbecue, pie eating contests, and parades are all popular around the country as we commemorate the birth of a nation and what makes us all American. As the sun dips below the horizon, people often close the festivities by watching or lighting off fireworks. John Adams, in a letter to his wife on the day before signing the Declaration of Independence, wrote that the celebration in years to come would have games, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations. The next year on July 4, 1777, there were great firework shows in Philadelphia and Boston, fulfilling his words and starting a tradition that has stood the test of time.
Keeping Safe During the 4th of July Fireworks
Local residents and visitors are looking forward to celebrating Independence day in Sacramento and the surrounding areas. I hope everyone has a safe and happy celebration! However, injuries happen every year. Being aware of firework dangers and understanding the risks can help you ensure a safe holiday.
Oakland Warehouse Fire Update
I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Burn Injury Lawyer, and on 2 December, 36 people died at an electronic music concert at the Oakland Ghost Ship Warehouse. This has been a devastating loss for so many families. Our hearts are heavy as we continue to provide our readers with regular updates on this tragic bay area warehouse fire.
Grass Fire at Cal Expo
A grass fire swept across 176 acres on the American River Parkway on the evening of Thursday, September 15, 2016. The fire was blazing nearby the Capital City Freeway where it could be seen as far as the North Highlands area.
Two Hurt in Apartment Fire
Sacramento Metro Fire reported two people were hurt during a fire on Memorial Day at an Arden-Arcade apartment complex.
Sacramento Burn Victims Phone Scam
I’m Ed Smith, a burn injury lawyer serving Sacramento. Elizabeth Sower received a bogus phone call asking her for a cash donation to help Sacramento burn victims. In the past, she gladly donated to help burn victims. This time, however, she noted something peculiar in the phone call.
Even though the number of burn injuries is going down in the US, about 1.25 million people get burned each year. About 60,000-80,000 people require hospitalization for their burns and 5500 die from their injuries. Most burns requiring hospitalization involve body areas greater than 10 percent or those that involve the face, hands, feet, or perineum. Most burns are flame burns or scald burns.
The mortality rate at which 50 percent of the patients die is about 98 percent total burn surface area. This has improved dramatically over the years. This is true of people under the age of 14. The statistics are worse for elderly adults, where a 35 percent degree burn kills half of all patients.
Criteria for Burn Unit Admission
Not all people need to be admitted to a burn center. Those that do meet these criteria:
- Second and third-degree burns greater than 10 percent of body surface area.
- Full-thickness burns
- Any burn of the face, hands, feet, eyes, ears or perineum
- Electrical injury
- Inhalational injury
- Chemical burns
- Burns in patients with other significant health problems
Burns are classified into six different causes: flash burns, flame burns, liquid spill, liquid immersion, grease, or steam burns. They are also classified according to burn depth. There are superficial burns (first-degree burns), partial-thickness burns (second degree) full-thickness or deep partial-thickness burns (third degree), or burns involving deep tissues or organs (fourth-degree).
The skin is the barrier to burns, and when it is breached, there is deeper involvement beneath the skin. There is a deep layer, known as the “zone of stasis” involved in deeper wounds in which the blood flow is greatly diminished. Giving medications that improve blood flow to the skin can decrease the depth of the burn. Continue reading ›