The VDH, Division of Injury and Violence Prevention just released a new unintentional injury report titled, Virginia Injury Update, Fire and Burn Related Injuries in Virginia, 2001-2005.
Burns are one of the most devastating and painful injuries one can sustain. Burn injuries require long rehabilitation and physical therapy. One can sustain a burn injury through a number of different mechanisms: exposure to fire, hot liquids and objects, chemicals, electrical currents, and extreme cold. The Virginia Injury Update includes a five year review of fire and burn related deaths and hospitalizations in Virginia. It includes case studies, a breakdown of fire/flame and hot object/substance hospitalizations, and prevention tips. The report is available for viewing or download at www.vahealth.org/civp. Hard copies will be mailed to Injury Prevention Network members, Virginia Injury Community Planning Group members, healthcare providers, fire and life safety educators, community leaders, and other injury prevention stakeholders throughout the Commonwealth. If you would like a hard copy of the report or additional copies, please contact Jennifer Schmid by email at Jennifer.email@example.com or by telephone at (804) 864-7746 to request a copy.
In addition, two new fact sheets are available for the general public. One is on Burn Prevention and the other is on Fire Safety Education. These are also available from our Web site at www.vahealth.org/civp.