The unholy trinity – alcohol, knives and relatives send quite a few people to the Emergency Room. Fights can erupt between family members over who should be carving the turkey – and end up with one of the combatants stabbed. If you have imbibed – stay away from the knives!
Overindulgence, with stomach pain and vomiting drives visitors to the ER in droves. If you or a loved one has Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis, moderation is not just admirable, it can be a matter of life and death.
Deep fried turkey has become very popular. However spilling a large amount of burning hot oil on yourself will put a quick end to the festivities. Reduce the risk by roasting the turkey in the oven, old school style.
One of the main reasons elderly people end up in the ER during Thanksgiving is simply that their family members might not have seen them in a long time. Alarmed by their deterioration they tend to whisk them off to the ER.
Avoid this by visiting more often so that you have a better idea of your family member’s health status. Stay in contact and check in regularly. Keep track of who their doctors are and what medications they are taking. And if possible, if you feel your relative needs to be seen by a doctor, visit a doctor’s office instead of the ER. Any hospital visit means exposure to germs and risk of infections.