Keeping Injuries In The Closet This Halloween

Keeping Injuries In The Closet This Halloween

ROSEMONT, Ill. –Having an enjoyable Halloween is all about the preparation. First you get the perfect costume, then the house decorations, the trick-or-treating route and last but not least, the candy. But orthopaedic surgeons want to help get you through Halloween safely.

“There are numerous injuries that occur this time of year, and as an orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in treating hand injuries, I often see hand fractures and lacerations that stem from falls, or from using sharp carving tools,” said orthopaedic surgeon and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) spokesperson, Edward Akelman, MD. “To reduce these injuries, it’s essential to utilize the proper pumpkin carving tools and avoid costumes that obstruct vision which can lead to falls and other bodily harm.”
Statistics from 2007-2011 show the following injuries around Halloween among children 18 years and younger:
Source: Department of Research & Scientific Affairs, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Rosemont, IL: AAOS; October 2012. Based on D’Ippolito A, Collins CL, Comstock RD. Epidemiology of pediatric holiday?related injuries presenting to US emergency departments. Pediatrics. 2010 May; 125 (5):931?7. Data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) On?line, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
To help reduce the risk for injury on Halloween, consider the following tips from AAOS and the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA):
Trick-or-treating tips

Pumpkin carving tips


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