News and Updates

Media Kit: Fireworks Safety
June 15, 2018

Access our 2018 media kit on fireworks safety. The kit includes a press release, the new position statement on fireworks from ASSH, social media graphics, an infographic and ASSH logos.

ASSH Position Statement on Fireworks
June 4, 2018

Fireworks are often used during holidays and celebrations and are associated with excitement and fun. However, the use of these displays and devices can be dangerous and can result in life-altering injuries and dramatic negative long-term impact. Hand surgeons care for people after a large variety of traumatic injuries. Firework injuries pose unique and significant challenges due to burns and blast injuries that may result in visible, extensive scarring.

Safety Tips for Pumpkin Carving

Chicago, IL- October 21, 2015 – With an estimated report of 4,400 Halloween-related injuries in 20131 and roughly 17.6% of Halloween injuries occurring to the fingers/hands2, hand surgeons encourage safety to avoid being spooked this year.

Hand Surgeons Urge Safety with Fireworks

Chicago, IL- June 30, 2015 – The American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) urges the public to leave fireworks in the hands of the professionals.

Hand Care and Safety with Animal Bites

Chicago, IL- May 19, 2015 – An estimated 2 million emergency room visits each year result from animal bites.  Although emergency room visits are not always necessary in the event of an animal bite, proper treatment after the injury is important, even if the wound appears to be minor.

Frostbite in the Hand

Chicago, IL- February 27, 2015 – Frostbite occurs when the skin is overexposed to extreme cold. It can occur when the temperature and/or wind chill is below 27°F (-3°C), and it typically occurs in the fingers and toes. 

Hand Care and Safety in Winter Sports

Chicago, IL- February 23, 2015 – For many, winter is a time to engage in winter sports: skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, ice hockey, speed skating, snow tubing and ice climbing, just to name a few. 

Hand Surgeons Urge Snowblower Safety this Winter

Chicago, IL- February 12, 2015 -- Each year, hundreds of people suffer maiming or amputations of their fingers or hands due to the improper handling of snowblowers.