Title

Pediatric blast lung injury from a fireworks-related explosion.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-1-2012

Identifier

DOI: 10.1097/PEC.0b013e318258af60

Abstract

Blast injuries related to explosions have been described in the literature but are uncommon in children. We describe a multisystem blast injury in a child resulting from a commercial firework-related explosion in her home. She presented with respiratory failure, shock, altered level of consciousness, and multiple orthopedic injuries. The patient required immediate stabilization and resuscitation in the emergency department and a prolonged hospitalization. This report reviews the spectrum of injuries that are seen in blast-related trauma and the emergency measures needed for rapid stabilization of these critical patients.

Journal Title

Pediatric emergency care

Volume

28

Issue

6

First Page

573

Last Page

576

MeSH Keywords

Accidents, Home; Amputation, Traumatic; Arm; Blast Injuries; Child; Emergencies; Female; Femoral Fractures; Fingers; Foreign Bodies; Humans; Lung Injury; Multiple Trauma; Play and Playthings

Keywords

Fireworks; Children; Explosion

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