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12-23-2009, 12:02 PM
Eyelids stuck to zips on Christmas jumpers among bizarre hospital injuries

People catching their eyelids on new Christmas jumpers and glitter fragments in eyeballs are among some of the bizarre injuries logged by hospital doctors over the festive period.

Published: 12:33PM GMT 21 Dec 2009

A casualty doctor has warned that carving the Christmas turkey while drunk or popping champagne corks could seriously damage the population's health on Christmas Day.

Dr John Heyworth, emergency department consultant at Southampton General Hospital, said that every year over the festive period he deals with a host of injuries as families get together.

Also on the list are burns from the oven, older people choking on their turkey and nasty hand and limb injuries caused by people trying to get stones out of avocados - something that is becoming an increasing issue.

Others can turn up at accident & emergency with eye injuries from poking themselves with Christmas tree branches while getting presents from under it. Eye unit staff commonly see children suffering after poking themselves or others in the eye with new toys and glitter fragments in the eye from cards or craft activities.

Dry eyes from sleeping with eyes open after excess alcohol consumption is common.

Mr Heyworth said: ''Every Christmas without fail we see the same injuries caused by preparing and cooking the Christmas dinner. ''People are likely to burn themselves on the oven or cut themselves as they carve the turkey - particularly if they have been drinking alcohol.

''We will always see someone who chokes over Christmas, often the elderly. They will choke on a piece of meat because they don't chew it properly,'' he said.

''If people are looking after or hosting elderly people for Christmas dinner, it is important to take extra care of them. It seems like a basic thing, but someone will choke on turkey over Christmas - it happens every single year.''

Rob Crouch, an emergency nurse, said: ''Last year I remember incidents with people trying to get stones out of avocados.

''Instead of putting a knife across the stone and twisting, people tend to stab down and then either go through or slip off into the hand, often resulting in a nasty injury.''

Are avocados some kind of seasonal tradition across the pond? We eat avocados in the winter but not especially at Christmas. Who the heck uses the pointy part of the knife to seed an avocado? :confused:

Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/christmas/6858790/Eyelids-stuck-to-zips-on-Christmas-jumpers-among-bizarre-hospital-injuries.html)