Awareness Campaigns





Lawn Mower Injury Prevention Campaign


As the school year draws to a close, thousands of children across the country will take on a familiar chore: mowing the lawn. June is National Safety Month, and three national medical organizations are warning families that the routine task of lawn mowing can be extremely dangerous to children, the operator, and those nearby if proper safety precautions aren’t taken. 

Full press release HERE



National Dog Bite Prevention Week  / May 19-25, 2013

The American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery is working with the U.S. Postal Service, American Academy of Pediatrics, the insurance industry and veterinarians to educate the public that dog bites are avoidable.  According to the Centers for Disease Control approximately 4.7 million Americans are bitten by dogs - more than half of whom are children.  In 2012 approximately 27,752 reconstructive procedures were done to repair dog bites as reported by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.  For more information and to view comments from leaders in the community please click HERE to view the press release.



  • Rinse the bite area with soapy water.
  • Elevate limb(s) that have been bitten.
  • Apply antiseptic lotion or cream. Watch the area for signs of infection for several days after the incident.
  • For deeper bites or puncture wounds, apply pressure with a clean bandage or towel to stop the bleeding. Then wash the wound, dry it and cover with a sterile dressing. Don’t use tape or butterfly bandages to close the wound. 
  • It’s a good idea to call your child’s physician because a bite could require antibiotics or a tetanus shot.  The doctor also can help you to report the incident.
  • If your child is bitten severely, call 9-1-1 or go to the emergency room.
  • When going to the emergency room, advise the personnel of:
    • your tetanus vaccination status;
    • vaccine status of the dog;
    • who the dog owner is; and,
    • if the dog has bitten before.



ASRM And National Health And Safety Advocates Team Up To Warn Of Firework Dangers

The American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery partners with other health and safety advocates to educate the public on the dangers of consumer fireworks and the dramatic increase of risk of fire and injury with their use. This alliance encourages the public to avoid the use of consumer fireworks and instead, to enjoy displays of fireworks conducted by trained professionals. The “Alliance to Stop Consumer Fireworks” was founded by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and consists of many health organizations such as the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, American Burn Association and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The ASRM has been a part of this alliance for several years and we encourage you as a member and as a surgeon to spread the word on the dangers of consumer fireworks.

Full press release and VIDEO HERE 






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