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Burn Awareness Week February 4-10

Posted 2/8/2018

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Eau Claire, WI - Each year, over 486,000 individuals are seen in emergency departments, minor emergency clinics or physician’s offices for the treatment of a burn injury in the United States and Canada, and the majority of these injuries were preventable. That’s why physicians around the world are recognizing February 4-10, 2018 as National Burn Awareness Week.

“Too many burn injuries, and unfortunately deaths, occur each year. That’s why it is so important to discuss the causes of these burns and ways to prevent them during National Burn Awareness Week,” said Eau Claire plastic surgeon Dr. Clint Merrick.

Merrick is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has extensive experience with reconstructive surgery due to burn injuries, including running a burn unit in Kentucky during his residency. He says the primary causes of burn injury include fire-flame, scalds, contact with hot object, electrical and chemicals, and that most of the burn injuries treated in burn centers occur in the home (73%) followed by work (8%). 

According to the American Burn Association, today, 96.7% of those treated in burn centers will survive. Unfortunately, many of those survivors will sustain serious scarring, life-long physical disabilities, and adjustment difficulties.

“The most important things to remember if a burn does occur is to cool the burn with cool (not cold) water, remove all clothing and jewelry from the injured area, cover the area with clean dry sheet or bandages, and seek medical attention,” added Merrick. 

Dr. Merrick is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who specializes in disorders of the hand and general plastic surgery, cosmetic surgery and reconstructive surgery. His goal is to help every patient find solutions to their health and wellness concerns.

Dr. Merrick received his medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri in 1998. He completed his general surgery internship, a general surgery residency and an integrated plastic surgery training program at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Merrick completed a hand surgery fellowship at Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand Surgery in Louisville, Kentucky in 2005.

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