The specialty-trained hand doctors at The Hand & Upper Extremity Center of Georgia have created safety guidelines to follow when carving pumpkins. These guidelines will help people avoid injuries while carving pumpkins. Patients in need of hand care are encouraged to call (404) 255-0226 to schedule an appointment or visit one of their office locations in Atlanta, located at 980 Johnson Ferry Road NE, Suite 1020; in Alpharetta, located at 3400A Old Milton Parkway, Suite 350; or in Cumming, located at 2000 Howard Farm Drive, Suite 310.
“Every year, we see multiple hand and finger injuries from pumpkin carving,” says Dr. Jeffrey Klugman, fellowship-trained hand and upper extremity surgeon at The Hand & Upper Extremity Center of Georgia. “To help keep our community safe, we created a list of helpful rules and safety tips to follow so that Halloween stays fun, safe and, hopefully, injury-free.”
Follow these safety tips from The Hand & Upper Extremity Center of Georgia to help avoid carving injuries:
"If you do sustain an injury while pumpkin carving," says Dr. Klugman, "make sure you clean the wound with soap and water and apply pressure. If you feel any numbness, intense pain or have any loss of movement in a finger, seek medical attention."
To learn more about pumpkin carving injuries or to schedule an appointment at The Hand & Upper Extremity Center of Georgia, please call (404) 255-0226.