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Playing with Fire in Bali

Recap from Bali's Sanglah Hospital Shows the Cost of Playing with Fireworks on New Year's Eve.

(1/11/2010) Antara reports that at least six people were treated in the emergency rooms of various Bali hotels for injuries suffered while handling firecrackers and fireworks on New Year Eve.

Dr. Ketut Gede Arta Bujangga, an official from the Emergency Unit of the Sanglah General Hospital in Denpasar, confirmed that his hospital alone had treated six people for explosive burns to their hands on New Year's Eve.

Monitoring medical care from 7:00 pm on New Year's Eve until 7:00 am the following morning, 126 people were treated at Sanglah Hospital's emergency room. The surgical unit handled 62 patients, 5 of whom were hospitalized. 10 people were treated as outpatients for dog bites. Meanwhile, the medical unit handled 59 patients, 22 of whom were warded. One medical patient treated during the 12 hour period died.

Nature waits for no holiday, proven by reports from Sanglah that 5 maternity patients came to the hospital on New Years eve, with one birth reported during the New Year's period.

In anticipation of every eventuality, the Sanglah Hospital had 130 medical staff on duty over the transition night, including 30 specialists.