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With High Summer Temperatures Upon Us, Dr. Syed Saquib Expects to See Rise in Pavement Burns

UNLV medicine surgeon plays critical role in treating burn patients.

Summertime typically evokes so many pleasant images — backyard barbecues, time spent at the pool or beach, camping trips to cooler climes. But for Dr. Syed Saquib one of the images it brings to mind is far less pleasant — nasty burns acquired when someone lands on hot pavement.

Dr. Syed Saquib is professor of surgery at the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine and the medical director for the UMC Lions Burn Care Center. 

In fact, summer is known to Saquib as “pavement burn season.”

If you fall on sidewalks, roads, or other surfaces that a scorching summer sun heats to as much as 180 degrees, serious burns can result. Saquib, the medical director at the UMC Lions Burns Center, said 13 percent of the center’s serious burn injuries come from hot pavement.

In a year’s time, the burn clinic admits more than 300 patients and also handles thousands of visits.

Saquib has co-authored many peer-reviewed publications that have demonstrated that patients with pavement burns have an increased hospital length of stay compared to other burns of similar sizes. They also require a substantial need for surgical procedures, and those who come in with signs of heatstroke have an increased in-hospital mortality.

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