Several fireworks injuries reported on Fourth of July weekend

The University of Kansas Health System reported that most fireworks injuries they saw this past weekend were caused by mortars and sparkler. (Graphic from KU Health System)
Most fireworks injuries seen at the KU Health System this past Fourth of July weekend were to the hands. (Graphic from KU Health System)

The University of Kansas Health System reported 35 fireworks injury calls over the Fourth of July weekend.

Seven persons were admitted to the hospital. According to a spokesman, most of the patients did not require admission to the Burnett Burn Center at KU Health System, and are following up in the clinic.

There were 19 male patients and 16 female patients, according to the spokesman. The patients ages ranged from 2 years old to 55 years old.

The common locations of the injuries were the hands and face, and the common types of firework that caused injuries were mortars and sparklers.

The total number of patients may change as the week goes on and more patients visit the clinic. The total included transfer center calls referred to the clinic, emergency department visits and admission of all fireworks-related injured patients.

Residents to talk about their ideas for improving community health tonight and Friday evening

Residents to talk about their ideas for improving community health tonight and Friday evening

A community engagement event is scheduled tonight and Friday evening on how to improve community health.

Residents are being asked for their ideas on how to improve health here.

“Your Vision for Health in Wyandotte County” will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, and from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at Douglass Elementary School, 1310 N. 9th, Kansas City, Kan.

The event is sponsored by the Kansas Health Foundation in partnership with Communities Creating Opportunity.

The KHF has a $200 million endowment and is listening to residents’ views on health and how it can better invest grant resources in Wyandotte County and across the state.

KHF has awarded a $250,000 grant to Communities Creating Opportunity to support resident-led efforts to address health issues in Wyandotte County. Four other areas of Kansas also received $250,000 grants.

The event is open to the public.

Flu cases on the increase, but still light in Wyandotte County

Hospitals in Kansas City, Kan., have seen some flu cases, but they are considered a low number.

On Thursday, Dec. 4, the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., reported eight cases of persons hospitalized with the flu, a spokesman said.

Providence Medical Center has counted five to six patients with the flu, a very light number initially, with no admissions, a spokesman said. All of these flu patients were tested through the emergency room at Providence.

The CDC earlier this week said the flu vaccine was not as effective this year because of other strains of flu. However, doctors at KU Hospital still recommended getting a flu vaccine as it would probably make the effects of the flu less severe, and the flu vaccine will cover some of the strains that people are exposed to.