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Snowman helping push a hurt Santa with a broken leg in wheelchair

Ho ho ho — oh, no!

Categories: Emergency care  /  News  /  trauma

It seemed like a pretty good idea at the time, climbing your 12-foot extension ladder to hang the lights along the eaves of the house. Until you landed after free-falling all the way back down. “The holidays are especially tough times for falls from ladders,” said Dr. Bruce Adams, chair of emergency medicine at University Hospital and UT Health San Antonio. “Us men, we want to get up there hang the lights, get up on the roof, put Santa and the reindeer on the roof — and we fall.” Dr. Adams, speaking to KENS5 reporter Jeremy Baker, said ladders are …Read More >

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Red, white, and blue fireworks explode in the night sky

Don’t spend July 4th in the emergency room

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  News

They’re loud, exciting and colorful — steeped in the traditions of our nation’s Independence Day celebrations. We’re talking fireworks, of course. Unfortunately, they also send some 3,000 children a year to emergency rooms across the country with painful burns and blast injuries that are completely avoidable. You can still enjoy the spectacle while keeping your kids safe, said Dr. Lillian Liao, pediatric trauma and burn director at University Hospital, and assistant professor of surgery at UT Health San Antonio. “As we enjoy the company of our family and friends, barbecue and watermelon — all in celebration of our freedom this …Read More >

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Three doctors wear masks as they look down to operate

Rising numbers of serious injuries reported

Categories: Emergency care  /  News  /  Research  /  trauma

The number of seriously injured children and adults brought to University Hospital’s Level 1 trauma center has increased in each year over a five-year span. And even when accounting for population growth in the region, the rate of those injuries has also been rising year after year. Those were among the main findings from University Health System’s Third Annual Community Trauma Report, which was publicly released at a news conference Thursday. The report looks at major causes of serious injuries and trends in South Texas over a five-year period, using data from thousands of trauma patients seen at University Hospital. …Read More >

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A person rides on a hoverboard for a news report

Hoverboards pose a risk

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  News  /  trauma

If a young person on your Christmas shopping list wants a hoverboard, ignore the pleas and find a safer alternative, said Dr. Lilian Liao, director of pediatric trauma and burns at University Hospital. Retailers are increasingly pulling the item off their shelves for safety concerns, including reports of fires, explosions and trips to the emergency room. Lithium-ion batteries that power the devices appear to be the source of the fires. Airlines have banned the devices, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission is investigating them. The term hoverboard is misleading; these devices don’t float above the ground — like in the …Read More >

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An up close view of a sparkler at night

Avoiding a painful Fourth of July holiday

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  News  /  Surgery

“It didn’t light!” Those words are often heard before some pretty serious injuries each July 4, as children rush back to inspect a firecracker or Roman candle they wrongly think failed to light — only to have it explode in their faces. On average, about 40 patients a day are treated for fireworks-related burns at University Hospital’s Emergency Department throughout the month of July. Many of these could have been prevented, said Dr. Lillian Liao, medical director of pediatric trauma at the hospital, and assistant professor of surgery at the UT Health Science Center. “Handling fireworks can quickly lead to …Read More >

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