On this Thanksgiving day, most Rhode Islanders are enjoying a big meal and time with family and friends. But there’s no time off for the state’s emergency departments – ready around the clock to treat whatever comes their way.
Rhode Island Hospital emergency department director Dr. David Portelli says that’s usually kitchen accidents, and the results of overindulgence. “When we do look at the numbers, we do see there’s more lacerations – about three times as many by percent – and some more episodes of congestive heart failure.”
Portelli says people with heart conditions should enjoy themselves, but be careful about eating too much salt or drinking too much. That’s what brings some already fragile patients to the hospital each year.
Portelli points out another obvious way to avoid injury. “Certainly we want people to enjoy the holiday, but we don’t want them to drink and drive." And another less commonly mentioned way: "And perhaps they shouldn’t drink and carve.” The turkey, that is.