July 5, 2019

Staying safe on the Fourth of July

By Karl Oestreich


According to health officials, burns made up nearly 50% of firework-related injuries in 2018. Dr. Caitlin Loprinzi Brauer with Mayo Clinic, said the clinic's staffing does not change because of the fourth or July holiday, but they are fully staffed and capable for the people who need treatment. "We want everyone to have an enjoyable Fourth of July and not have to come in here, and so we know that people are going to want to celebrate but be smart about it... try not to touch the hot end, watching children especially and, if doing fireworks, making sure every one is back a safe distance," said Dr. Caitlin Loprinzi Brauer.

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Context: Caitlin Loprinzi Brauer, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic emergency medicine physician. Specialists in the Department of Emergency Medicine at all three Mayo Clinic locations treat life-threatening illnesses. Teams of board-certified physicians, registered nurses, advanced midlevel providers and other specially trained staff are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to treat anyone seeking emergency medical care. Each year, Mayo emergency care physicians see more than 130,000 patients in the emergency care setting.

Contacts: Heather Carlson Kehren, Amanda Dyslin, Rick Thiesse

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