Most of us look forward to the Thanksgiving holiday as a time to spend with family and friends, fill up on delicious food and reflect on the things we are grateful for in life. Some of us – specifically medical professionals – know that it could possibly be one of the busiest work days of the year. For example, “the emergency room can be a pretty busy place, according to the American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Sandy Schneider, immediate past president of the group, took a few minutes out from her shift at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y., this morning to offer some tips on avoiding her and her colleagues this holiday,” reports NPR.

Dr. Schneider’s tips for avoiding personal injury and ER trips this holiday include:

  • Don’t Leave Your Kitchen Comfort Zone: We all want to help the host or hostess with preparations in the kitchen if we can. But if cooking is not your strong suit – say so. Otherwise, you may end up in the ER with a sliced finger from a sharp kitchen knife, a burn from the stove or numerous other kitchen-related personal injuries. 
  • Beware of Contaminates: Make sure you calculate the appropriate cook time for your turkey’s size to avoid under cooking. Additionally, remember to always wash your hands after you touch the bird – or any other raw meat, for that matter – to avoid spreading salmonella or other bacteria. Otherwise, your guests may leave the party early – and head straight for the ER with food poisoning.
  • Hold the Salt: Even if you do not have a medical condition that is exacerbated by sodium, your guests might. So go easy on the sodium or check with your guests beforehand to avoid a possible complication like fluid retention.
  • Play Nice: Families do not always get along, particularly when too many alcoholic beverages have been consumed. Try to keep your head and avoid disagreements that may escalate to physical confrontations. Limiting the alcohol if your family has a history of alcohol-fueled anger issues is probably a good choice as well.

Our Chicago personal injury attorneys encourage everyone to heed the wise advice outlined above to ensure a very Happy Thanksgiving holiday.

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