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The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) partners with Maryland Public Television (MPT) for a special series called "Your Health," which features UMMS specialists who share their medical expertise with viewers all across Maryland.

UMMS guests appear every other week in a special "Your Health" segment on MPT's program "Direct Connection," airing live Monday nights at 7 p.m.

The show takes calls from viewers, so you have the opportunity to speak directly to our experts and get your questions answered.

Next Your Health Segment

Dr Raymond Pensy

Your Health/Maryland Public TV: Fireworks safety

Monday, July 1, 2019, 7 pm

On Maryland Public Television’s Direct Connection “Your Health” show on Monday, July 1st at 7 pm

On average, 280 people go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. More than 30 percent of the injuries are to the hands and fingers.

Dr. Raymond Pensy, an orthopaedic surgeon at the University of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center who specializes in treating hand injuries, will discuss the type of damage fireworks can do. Dr. Pensy, who is also an associate professor of orthopaedics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, will offer advice on what people can do to stay safe this July 4th.

Do you have a general question about fireworks safety or traumatic hand injuries? During the show, call 1-800-926-0629 or email your question to