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Healthbeat 4: What Thanksgiving kitchen injuries can be treated at home

Minor burns can be treated at home, helping you stay at Thanksgiving dinner and keep the emergency room uncongested
Published: Nov. 24, 2021 at 9:51 AM CST
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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - Americans will spend a lot of time in the kitchen making Thanksgiving dinner, but there are plenty of risks when rushing around with hot dishes.

Chris Hawkins, the Emergency Services Director for MercyOne Medical Center, said minor burns from the oven or a hot plate can be treated at home.

“For more minor burns that might not need to come to the emergency department, it’s important to cool the burn just with lukewarm water to cool to the touch and keep it wrapped. You know don’t put anything wet on it. Keep it dry. When the blister forms, don’t pop the blister. That blister is going to help you to be able to heal faster,” said Hawkins.

Hawkins said if the burn is serious enough, like a bad grease burn from frying turkey, that it needs to be treated by a doctor. In some cases, Hawkins said patients can be in and out of the emergency room in 90 minutes.

“Our triage nurse will be there and they are trained and equipped to be able to determine whether you can be seen in the fast track or if you would need to be in the main part of the ED,” said Hawkins.

Hawkins wants parents to remember to watch out for children in the kitchen over the holidays. He said he sees a lot of hand burns coming into the ER on Thanksgiving.

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