Those Avocado Related ER Visits Are Getting Out Of Control

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Those Avocado Related ER Visits Are Getting Out Of Control

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On May 1, the New York Times reported that the number of avocado-related ER visits has risen dramatically.

For some reason, these delicious green eggs of tastiness just don't want to be cut in half and have been labelled as "one of the most dangerous foods to cut".

These guys can get slippery and one woman in the US ended up having to pay over $20,000 USD in hospital fees after slicing her hand.

Before we just thought it was the U.S who was struggling with these scrumptious fruits, but it looks like New Zealand and the U.K are slicing themselves up as well.


Today has reported that avocados cost the Accident Compensation Corporation almost $70,000 in 2016.

According to a report by the ACC, over 162 people claimed an injury using the word "avocado" in the description and the majority came from people who had stabbed or sliced themselves whilst trying to remove the seed.

Meredith Simcock, a reconstructive plastic and hand surgeon at Middlemore Hospital in Auckland told RadioNZ that she's seen a fair few avocado injuries in her time.

"The worst I've personally seen is someone who's stabbed through the avocado and stabbed into their hand and cut the nerves that supply the index finger and middle finger, which mean they've got numb fingers, and then cut the tendons that supply the middle finger."


In the U.K though, things are even worse.

The Times recently reported that people are being checked into the ER for avocado-related injuries so frequently that surgeons have now labelled them "avocado hand".

Simon Eccles, former president of the plastic surgery section of the Royal Society of Medicine, told the publication that the injuries are simply due to people not understanding how to handle ripe avocados.

As a result of this, the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons want to put safety labels on avocados so people stop slicing through their hands.

But will it work? 

Only time will tell, but for now, be careful making that avo smash everyone!