Tuesday, 27 June, 2017

Hand injuries involving avocados prompt medical group's call for safety labels

Surgeons are treating around four patients a week at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital for avocado-related injuries Surgeons are treating around four patients a week at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital for avocado-related injuries
Angelo Anderson | 13 May, 2017, 00:55

One woman said that she injured herself while trying to make brunch for a crowd, and when she went to the hospital, she was told she was the fourth patient with an avocado-related injury that day.

"According to the report in The Times, four patients every single week turn up at A&E in St Thomas" Hospital in London with hand injuries caused during an avocado incident. Perhaps you were unsure of how to safely remove the pit from an avocado, struggled to deseed a pomegranate, peel an orange, or break into a coconut.

Docs are suggesting that the warning labels include the avoca-dos and avoca-don'ts-meaning, how to properly cut and de-pit the fruit. Or is this a frankly ridiculous idea?

Avocado hand comes for us all.

Improper use of kitchen knives to cut the outer casing of avocados has resulted in a new terrifying condition called "avocado hand" - whereby brunch-lovers accidentally jab themselves in the hand while attempting to prepare the tricky fruit.

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Surgeons have revealed they are seeing a huge surge in knife wounds caused by cack-handed aspiring chefs cutting into their avocados, causing painful injuries being coined as "avocado hand". It needs to be recognizable.

"The avocados were harvested and frozen when perfectly ripe so they retain flavour, texture, aroma, and colour", they said. "People do not anticipate that the avocados they buy can be very ripe and there is minimal understanding of how to handle them", he explains. Nearly laughably, doctors have even reported a "post-brunch surge" in victims on Saturdays, The Times reported. Carefully use the edge of a heavy sharp knife to chop into the summit of the soft pip, so that it is slightly buried.

"Get your knife again and tap your avocado", Agyepong says, demonstrating how to twist the stone out of the centre.

Protect your hand with a hot pad or folded dishtowel: As an extra precaution, hold the avocado half using a hot pad or dishtowel to protect your hand.

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