As you may know from dumping a pot of pasta into a collider in the sink, a scald injury can happen to anyone of any age. However, young children and persons with disabilities are more likely to get severely injured from scald burns. Most scald burns are caused by hot liquid or steam and mainly […]

Over the past several decades there has been a reduction in the number of death and injuries caused by residential fires. This is in large part due to increased public awareness surrounding the importance of installation of smoke alarms and fire safety education. However, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fire-related […]

The first week in February is Burn Awareness Week. The majority of burn-related accidents occur in the home and are considered preventable, making it all the more important to bring attention to potential dangers in our homes. Every day, over 300 children ages 0-19 are treated in emergency rooms for burn-related injuries and two children […]

Even here in Vermont, heat-related illness can be a major issue for athletes. Consequences range from decreased performance to death. In fact, heat stroke is the third leading cause of death in athletes after cardiac disorders and cervical spine trauma. It is important to recognize and treat heat illness before major complications arise. Equally important […]

Summer is a great time in Vermont for enjoying the outdoors. We are lucky to have so many beautiful areas to explore and enjoy. Most of the time, things go just fine, but reviewing some basic safety precautions will help keep people safe. Swimming holes I love swimming, especially during these hot summer days. Swimming […]

The Fourth of July feels like the unofficial start of summer – with its barbecues, fireworks, and fun with family and friends. Yet, the thrill of fireworks can also bring danger and pain. On average, 230 people go to the emergency rooms every day in the month around the Fourth of July with fireworks-related injuries. […]

Today, we honor patients and families who have survived trauma – and we renew our commitment to providing the best quality of care possible to injured patients in our region. It’s a commitment we have dedicated ourselves to since 1994, when we received our first Level I Trauma designation. Our champions then were Fred Rogers, […]

A bump on the head isn’t what it used to be.  So, when does that ‘bump’ become a concussion? Concussions are more common than you may think. State statistics from 2010 show that concussion resulted in 1,018 visits to the emergency room. Here at the UVM Medical Center, we had 661 patients visit our physicians […]

While Vermont isn’t known for its heat, we all know that once it hits 90 degrees for a few days, it gets oppressive! And, we all know it’s not a dry heat. Once the high temperatures combine with high humidity you have the recipe for uncomfortable conditions. We value our summers here in Vermont, and […]