Watch Your Hands! Turkey Carving Safety for Thanksgiving

While Cooper is well known for our Level 1 Trauma Center and our convenient Urgent Care Centers, we really prefer you spend your holidays at home with family and friends!

Cooper’s Hand and Nerve Center would like to share these tips from The American Society for Surgery of the Hand to help you keep your fingers out of harms way.

Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving from all of us at Cooper!

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Turkey Carving Safety Tips

  1. Never cut toward yourself. Your free hand should be placed opposite the side you are carving towards. Don’t place your hand underneath the blade to catch the slice of meat.
  2. Keep everything dry. This includes your cutting area and knife handle.
  3. Keep all cutting utensils sharp. If your knife is sharp enough, it should not need force in order to carve.
  4. If possible, use an electric knife for carving. Use kitchen shears to cut the bones and joints of the turkey.
  5. Do not let children assist with the carving, cutting or chopping.

Did you know?

  • 88% of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving.
  • Cuts from carving are one of the top five most common injuries on Thanksgiving.

When to seek medical help

Visit the emergency room if you’ve cut yourself and any of the following are true:

  • Continuous pressure does not stop the bleeding.
  • You are unsure of your tetanus immunization status.
  • You are unable to thoroughly cleanse the wound by rinsing with mild soap and plenty of clean water.

Visit a hand surgeon at the next available appointment if you’ve cut yourself and any of the following are true:

  • You notice persistent numbness or tingling in the fingertip.
  • You do not have full range of motion in the hand or finger.

This infographic is shared with permission by the American Society of Surgery of the Hand. Click here to read more.


The muscles, bones, joints, and nerves of the hand can work in a wonderful harmony that we rarely notice. Unfortunately, injury and disease can disrupt that harmony and produce pain, deformity, and dysfunction.

Click here to visit Cooper’s Hand and Nerve Center, where a multidisciplinary team of specialists in hand and nerve disorders comes together to offer expert, collaborative care.

 

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