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MetroHealth's Trauma and Burn Unit Physicians Share Safety Tips for Independence Day

At The MetroHealth System’s Level I Trauma Center, physicians see an increase in burn-related injuries during the summer. Due to the pandemic this year, more people are expected to stay home for Fourth of July celebrations.

Fireworks, campfires and propane grill use are common culprits for injuries but following a few safety tips might save a trip to visit our doctors.

We encourage following state and local laws regarding firework use. Even sparklers can cause flame and burn injuries. Always maintain close parental supervision. Unfortunately, MetroHealth typically sees about six burn and blast injuries every Independence Day holiday.

Propane grills and summer weather go hand in hand, but there are simple ways to keep safety first. Make sure all connections are working properly before use, clean your grill regularly to prevent grease buildup and keep the grill away from homes and structures while cooking.

Summer night bonfires can also turn dangerous very quickly. Remember to never use accelerants to ignite a fire, use fire rings or screens when available and drink responsibly since alcohol is often a contributing factor to burn injuries.

Fall injuries are also prominent for children during summer months. This includes falls from the bed, highchair, bikes and sports-related falls spanning all age groups.

MetroHealth physicians want to help make sure the holiday weekend is a safe, fun time for everyone. If there is an emergency, MetroHealth locations at Brecksville, Cleveland Heights, Parma and Main Campus will be open.

For smaller, superficial burns or questions about burn injuries, patients can call the outpatient clinic during business hours on Monday through Friday at (216) 778-1775.

About The MetroHealth System

The MetroHealth System, Cuyahoga County’s public health system, is honoring its commitment to create a healthier community by building a new hospital on its main campus in Cleveland. The building and the 25 acres of green space around it are catalyzing the revitalization of MetroHealth’s West Side neighborhood.

MetroHealth broke ground on its new hospital in 2019. The project is being financed with nearly $1 billion the system borrowed on its own credit after dramatically improving its finances. In the past five years, MetroHealth’s operating revenue has increased by 40% and its number of employees by 21%. Today, its staff of 8,000 provides care at MetroHealth’s four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. In the past year, MetroHealth has served 300,000 patients at more than 1.4 million visits in its hospitals and health centers, 75% of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid.

The health system is home to Cuyahoga County’s most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, verified since 1992, and Ohio’s only adult and pediatric trauma and burn center.

As an academic medical center, MetroHealth is committed to teaching and research. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Its main campus hospital houses a Cleveland Metropolitan School District high school of science and health.

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