Knives in the kitchen - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/19/10

Knives in the kitchen

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By Karin McCay| email

Edited by Kristin Beerman | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – It's important to have good sharp knives in the kitchen, but you might be surprised how often a slicing and dicing accident sends the cook to the emergency room.  In Baylor's Garland emergency room, doctors say they treat at least one case a week.

"Can range from damage to arteries, to nerves, tendons.  So they can be quite serious if there's a lot of pain or blood loss, or change in sensation or function," said Andy Kahn, M.D., an ER doctor.

It's not just cooking, but cleaning that can leave dangerous cuts, Dr. Kahn warns families they're asking for trouble after a big meal if they put knives in the sink, buried under plates and food.

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