In an “average” year, HCMC’s Burn Center cares for about 25 patients with frostbite requiring hospitalization. In 2014, more than 200 patients were admitted for care.
“It was one of the coldest winters in the past 30 years, so it’s no surprise that we saw an increase in frostbite injuries,” explains burn surgeon and critical care specialist Dr. Ryan Fey. “Obviously, the key is to avoid exposure to extreme cold temperatures. That means staying indoors when it’s cold, and if you have to be outdoors for any length of time, making sure you dress appropriately to stay warm – even if it’s just a run to the mailbox or from your house to your car.” Continue reading “Nobody plans to get frostbite”→
Thousands of Minnesotans are heading to the woods for the firearms deer hunting opener this weekend. While hunters watch for that elusive 18-point buck, Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) wants to remind them to keep their sights on safety – and enjoy the great outdoors. Simple precautions and common sense go a long way in helping to avoid injuries.
“So many injuries occur over the deer hunting weekends,” explains HCMC Burn Center surgeon and avid deer hunter Dr. Ryan Fey. “Whether it’s a fall from a deer stand or a burn from a campfire, an injury can put you in the hospital – and put a quick end to the good memories. You’ll always remember the time you got hurt because of a preventable incident.”
“Accelerants poured on fires are a big problem, and cause a lot of the injuries we see,” explains Dr. George Peltier, reconstructive surgeon at HCMC’s Burn Center. “During damp conditions, or if people just want to get a large fire going, they will often use an accelerant. But gasoline can vaporize and explode, and the injuries can be absolutely devastating.”
Already this year, the Burn Center has seen a number of patients for burns related to using accelerants on fires.
On the most recent podcast of Healthy Matters Dr. David Hilden is joined by burn surgeons Dr. Peltier and Dr. Ryan Fey. They discuss some of the treatment options for burn patients, including surgery and skin grafting. The doctors also offer safety tips on how to avoid some common burn injuries.
Join Dr. David Hilden every Sunday morning at 7:30 AM for Healthy Matters on WCCO Radio AM 830 and WLTE FM 102.9!