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Avoid Emergency Room Visits During the Holidays

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The holiday season is around the corner, and though it is a time for joy and merriment, it’s also a time for injury and accidents. With all the extra travel, holiday feasting, and rushing around, the ER volume can seem to double! Though we are always here to help in an emergency, we’d like to ensure that you can enjoy the holidays at full capacity and keep your winter injury-free. So to avoid spending your holidays in the ER, here’s a few things to remember:

Hang The Stockings With Care

As you begin to hang your lights and add your lawn ornaments, do so with the greatest of care. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commision (CPSC), 12,000 to 15,000 people end up in the emergency room every holiday season as a result of accidents related to decorating. Inspect your ladder before you begin, making sure the surface is level, and always have a spotter.

Remember Kitchen Safety

From deep cuts to grease burns, kitchen accidents overload the ER each holiday season, and most of them could have been avoided. As you begin to prepare your holiday feast, be mindful of how you do so. Don’t rush — especially when it comes to cutting or carving any meat. Remove hot oven dishes slowly and carefully, and if you do plan to deep fry your first turkey, be sure to read all instructions and do your research ahead of time.

Don’t Overdo It

Appetizers, dinner, dessert, oh my! It can seem like each holiday is spent around a table eating course after course until it’s time to go home. Though it’s okay to indulge a bit, overdoing it can lead to stomach issues, over-consumption of alcohol and more. Many of these popular dishes have high amounts of salt and sugar. If you have any health conditions these ingredients can trigger, seconds or even thirds can lead you into dangerous territory. Keep an eye on your portion sizes, have a designated driver if you plan on drinking and drink plenty of water, too.

Remember Your Allergies

If you are visiting distant family or friends, don’t be afraid to ask what’s in the food, especially if it could mean life or death. If you have a food allergy make sure to let your host know. If you can, notify them ahead of time so they can ensure your meal is free from any allergens that could cause you harm.

If you do find yourself dealing with a holiday health emergency, Dallas Medical Center has a no-wait, full-service ER and trauma center which is always open.