Avoid spooky injuries this Halloween

Avoid spooky injuries this Halloween

ROSEMONT, Ill. (October 16, 2018)–Halloween is quickly approaching. As trick-or-treaters plan their candy routes, and jack-o’-lanterns appear on porches in neighborhoods across the country, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons wants to ensure people are prepared with safety tips to get them through the day injury free.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in 2017, 16,706 patients were treated for Halloween-related injuries in emergency departments, doctors’ offices and clinics–3,158 patients for pumpkin-carving injuries alone.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) encourages adults and children to follow these safety tips to reduce their risk of injury this October.
“Pumpkin carving is a fun activity, but it can result in serious cuts on the hand and injuries to bones and tendons,” said AAOS spokesperson and pediatric orthopaedic surgeon L. Reid Boyce Nichols, MD. “Consider having children decorate pre-carved pumpkins with stickers and paint to avoid using sharp objects. This will allow children to join in the fun while eliminating the use of sharp objects and their risk of injury.”
If deciding to carve pumpkins this year, the AAOS recommends the following Halloween safety tips this season:


“Pumpkin carving isn’t the only potential danger relating to this holiday,” states Dr. Nichols. “Trick-or-treating can be dangerous if caution is not taken when near traffic and other distractions. While you walk, look up, not down and pay attention to the people, objects and obstacles around you. Distracted walking can easily be avoided.”
The AAOS encourages the following trick-or-treating safety tips:





More Information about the AAOS
With more than 38,000 members, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons is the world’s largest medical association of musculoskeletal specialists. The AAOS provides educational programs for orthopaedic surgeons and allied health professionals, champions and advances the highest quality musculoskeletal care for patients, and is the authoritative source of information on bone and joint conditions, treatments and related issues. 

For more Halloween-safety tips visit, OrthoInfo.org.

Visit AAOS, at:
Newsroom.aaos.org for bone and joint health news, stats, facts, images and interview requests.
ANationinMotion.org for inspirational patient stories, and orthopaedic surgeon tips on maintaining bone and joint health, avoiding injuries, treating musculoskeletal conditions and navigating recovery.
Orthoinfo.org for patient information on hundreds of orthopaedic diseases and conditions.

Kelly King Johnson
phone: 847-384-4033
email: king@aaos.org

Abby Watson
phone: 847-384-4036
email: watson@aaos.org