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Happy Thanksgiving from the Hand Center of San Antonio. As you prepare for all of the holiday meals, please keep in mind these helpful tips, taken from the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH).
Turkey Carving Safety
Nothing says “Thanksgiving” like football, family and the enticing aroma of turkey. But every year, too many people severely cut their hand while carving a turkey. Luckily, these injuries are avoidable. Follow these tips to stay safe while enjoying your Thanksgiving feast:
- Never cut toward yourself. Your free hand should be placed opposite the side you are carving toward. Don’t place your hand underneath the blade to catch the slice of meat.
- Keep your knife handles and cutting area dry to avoid slips. Good lighting around the cutting area is also important.
- Keep all cutting utensils sharp. Having a sharp knife will avoid the need to use a lot of force when cutting, which can be dangerous. Dull knives are more likely to cause slips and are still sharp enough to cause an injury. If possible, use an electric knife.
- Use kitchen shears to tackle the job of cutting bones.
If you cut your finger or hand, bleeding from minor cuts will often stop by applying direct pressure to the wound with a clean cloth.
WHEN TO SEEK MEDICAL HELP
Visit the emergency room if you’ve cut yourself and:
- Continuous pressure does not stop the bleeding after 15 minutes
- You are unsure of your tetanus immunization status
- You are unable to thoroughly cleanse the wound by rinsing with a mild soap and plenty of clean water
If within a few days of cutting yourself:
- You notice persistent numbness or tingling in the fingertip
- You have difficulty moving or bending your fingers
Then call us at 210-558-7025 to schedule an appointment with one of our hand surgeons.