When temperatures throughout the sizzling Southwestern U.S.
Journal of Burn Care & Research in a new study published in the A team of surgeons from the UNLV's School of Medicine reviews all pavement burn admissions into a Las Vegas area burn center over five years.
"Pavement burns account for a significant number of burn-related injuries, particularly in the Southwestern United States," said Jorge Vega, UNLV School of Medicine Surgeon and the Study's Lead Author. Paved-burn cases between 2013 and 2017. Of those, 149. "Paved-burn cases between 2013 to 2017."
For the study, researchers identified 173 pavement-related burn cases between 201
More than 88 percent (153) of related incidents occurred when temps were 95 degrees or higher, with the risk increasing exponentially
That's because pavement in direct sunlight absorbs radiant energy, making it significantly hotter and potentially dangerous. Study authors say that pavement on a 111-degree day, for example, can get as hot as 147 degrees in direct sunlight. For reference, a fried egg becomes firm at 158 degrees.
And while it seems like a no-brainer to stay off a hot sidewalk, for some it's unavoidable – including victims of motor vehicle accidents, people with mobility issues or medical episodes
The takeaway – summer in the desert is no joke, and more education is on the way 100 degrees.
"This information is useful for burn centers in hot climates, to plan and prepare for the coordination of care and treatment," says Vega. "Attended to pavement burn victims in the field."
The study, "A 5-Year Review of Pavement Burns from a Desert Burn Center, "published in the July / August 2019 issue of the Journal of Burn Care and Research .