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Getting injured in a kitchen is not a joke, so we caught up with ER professionals to find out about some common injuries and how to tread them.

A kitchen is a place of delicacy. This we know for sure. But we can’t deny that it can turn into a dangerous place if not treated accordingly. Hot surfaces, sharp objects, and slippery floors are all lurking in the shadows as you prepare a delicious and amazing meal. Each year, hundreds/ sometimes thousands of people with a bloody hand and an empty stomach come through an emergency room’s door because of kitchen-related injuries, and many of them can be life-threatening if proper steps are not taken. No matter how careful you are in a kitchen, there is always a risk of getting yourself injured somehow.

So,we caught up with a couple of medical professionals to learn about most common injuries in a kitchen, what should you know about them and how to prevent them as well as.

Burn – by liquids

What it Is: You can burn more than just your food in the kitchen, and one of the most common kitchen injuries is damage to the skin from hot liquids such as hot water, grease, or others substances.

How to Prevent It: Caution is the best practice for avoiding burns. Always be aware if a hot substance is around, and keep the flame at a reasonable level to avoid splatter burns when frying food.

How to Treat It: Whenever you burn yourself, run your injury under cold water for as long as possible. The cold water cools the skin and stops the burning from causing more damage to the skin tissues. Harder burns to treat are grease burns because they can be hotter than water, and other liquids such as caramelized sugar, because they stick to your skin and are harder to remove. Dr. Renk says that if there’s no open blisters or wounds, you can probably avoid a doctor’s visit, but make sure to treat it with ice and Neosporin. Remember to keep the wound clean and to change your dressings regularly in order to avoid infection.

First Aids: A pot of boiling water or soup can leave a nasty burn if you’re not careful. To prevent burns, turn pot handles toward the back of the stove. Keep kids safe by making sure they stay at least three feet away from the stove or oven while you’re cooking.To treat burns, you first need to figure out which type you have.

First-degree burn. This involves just the top layer of skin. It looks red and is painful, like sunburn. When you press on the burned area, it turns white.

To treat it, remove any clothing or jewelry that’s near the burn. If your clothes are stuck to it, don’t remove them. Place the injured area under cool, running water for 3 to 5 minutes.

Eye Irritation

What It Is: Believe it or not! but eyes are at risk when working in the kitchen, especially when working with ingredients such as chile peppers or spicy ingredients. When substances with heat get into the eye, it can cause irritation and sometimes even infection.

How to Prevent It: Always be conscious of the food you’re working with when you’re in the kitchen, and never rub your eyes if you’re handling hot spices or pepper seeds. When frying food, be sure to keep your face as far away from the hot grease as possible, to avoid getting grease splatter in your eyes.

How to Treat It: If there is irritation caused to your eyes, flush them out immediately with water and have someone take you to the emergency room as soon as possible, where you can be treated for possible infection.

First Aids:

What should you do if you accidentally shoot lemon juice straight into your eye? Or get splashed with bleach (or another toxic chemical) while cleaning up? Don’t panic. Follow these steps:

Lean over the sink and pour a gentle stream of lukewarm water over your eye. Keep flushing it out for up to 15 minutes. Cover your other eye to protect it.

If your eye is still irritated after you flush it out, call your doctor.

Call emergency helping service(like 911/333 etc) of your state/country If:

  • You have a cut in your eye. Don’t wash or apply pressure to it.
  • You feel like an object is stuck in your eye. Don’t try to get it out, rub it, or apply pressure to it.

Knife Cut

What it is: Civilians and kitchen workers are constantly coming through the ER with knife cuts or deep lacerations to their fingers and palms, say Dr. Lanigan.

How to Prevent It: Always hold your knife with a firm grip to prevent it from falling out of your hands and keep the tips of your fingers curled while holding something in place to be cut.

How to Treat It/ First Aids: Kitchen knives are sharp. If you don’t pay attention you could slip and slice your finger instead of that carrot.

If you do get cut while using a kitchen knife, here’s how to treat the wound:

Clean it with soap and water. Apply pressure to the cut with a clean cloth or bandage for a few minutes to stop the bleeding. If you bleed through the cloth, place another one on top of it.

Use antibacterial ointment. If it’s a minor wound, dab a little of this over the cut. Cover the area with a bandage or gauze pad and adhesive tape.

Go to the emergency room if the bleeding is severe or doesn’t stop after five to 20 minutes of direct pressure. If the cut is longer than one-half inch, has jagged edges, becomes inflamed, or oozes fluid, you’ll need to see your doctor, too.

Tripping

What It Is: As silly as it sounds, tripping in the kitchen can lead to some pretty serious consequences, some of which are other injuries discussed here.

How to Prevent It: Dr. Lanigan stresses that he never lets his kids in the kitchen while working, as they tend to linger around the cook who often forgets they’re there, and while the pooch may serve as a great sous chef in the form of clean up, best that they stay out of the kitchen as well.

How to Treat It: / First Aids: Tripping usually leads to minor injuries that can be treated with an ice pack or a couple of aspirin, but if it leads to one of the 6 common injuries here, see that slide for treatment.

Bumping Your Head

What It Is: With cooks constantly on the move in the kitchen, it’s easy to leave a cabinet or drawer open here or there, which can lead to blunt force trauma to the head.

How to Prevent It: Slow down. Everything will get done and out on the table on time, so take the time to put things away and close the cabinets when you’re done with them.

How to Treat It: If you become unconscious from hitting your head, have someone take you to the emergency room right away, otherwise, a good old ice pack to the head will do the trick.

Burn – Contact

What It Is: We’ve all fallen for it: touched the cookie sheet despite knowing it just sat in the oven for 20 minutes. Another type of contact burn is from the flame itself, which happens frequently when flambéeing or cooking with alcohol. While causing the same type of injury to the skin, contact burns are more severe that liquid burns because the heat is more direct, causing a more painful and serious burn.

How to Prevent It: Always be aware of hot surfaces while working in the kitchen, and use kitchen mitts as much as possible. Keep the handles of your pots on the stove-top facing in order to avoid knocking them over.

First Aids:

Same as Burn By Liquids.

Slipping

What It Is: Cooks can be a bit messy in the kitchen and we’re not blaming them but spilled liquids or food on the floor can lead to falls which can lead to bone fractures and concussions.

How to Prevent It: If something spills, clean it up right away, no matter how big of a hurry you’re in. A burnt piece of chicken is way better than having a broken arm.

How to Treat It: If you’ve fallen and hit something that begins to swell, visit an emergency room immediately.

First Aids:

Water that sloshes out of an overfilled pot onto the floor can be a slippery hazard. If you fall, follow these tips:

  • Make sure you’re not hurt before standing up. Getting up the wrong way could make the injury worse.
  • Slowly rise to your hands and knees.
  • Try to crawl to a chair and pull yourself up.
  • If you can’t get up on your own, yell for help or call 911.
  • If the area is swollen and you think you might have a fracture (broken bone), try not to move it. Call your doctor or go to the emergency room.

Lastly, remember one more thing. If you have kids in your house, make sure to check on them regularly. Preventing them from going in the kitchen alone. And make sure to work safely while you are in the kitchen with a child. As they are the most vulnarable beings.

Happy cooking!

Source : www.google.com
www.webmd.com

Mushfiqur Rahman (Editor)

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