The end of the year holidays are fast approaching and in order not to spoil your New Year’s Eve with a nasty injury, it is important to make the right gestures. Among the most typical accidents during Christmas Eve, the oyster knife that ends up in your hand …

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Opening oysters: the right actions

Open the oysters

The oyster is a dangerous animal … Sickening for some, appreciated by others, this essential mollusc of the end of the year celebrations is indeed responsible for more than 2,000 accidents per year, mostly during the holidays.

This year again, oysters will garnish your plates for New Year’s Eve.

In question, the bivalve shell which protects the beast and which it is necessary to succeed in separating with the help of a knife if one wants to taste it.

How to open an oyster?

To properly open an oyster, it is important to have a good grip. First step, bring a thick cloth and a thin flat oyster knife (forget the screwdrivers and other kitchen knife!).

For right-handed people, take your oyster firmly in your left hand and bring your oyster knife to the right two-thirds point of the oyster. Make a rotational movement to introduce the blade between the two shells but above all do not force it. When the blade is introduced 2 to 3 centimeters, cut the muscle by a back and forth motion. You can then lift the shell gently, leaving the flesh in the oyster. For left-handed people, do the opposite. Position the tip of the shell forward.

Before opening any oyster, it is strongly recommended to protect his hands. Finally, the opening of the oysters must be carried out in good conditions, in peace. Do not go about it at the last moment, accidents often happen in a rush.

What to do in the event of a cut?

If you happen to cut yourself while opening an oyster, the first instinct is to disinfect the wound. Run your hand under water, then put a compress on the wound and cover it with a strong bandage. Refrain from eating or drinking before going to the Emergency Room, even for a wound that seems harmless.

If the bleeding is really important, the first gesture is to press on the bleeding to stop the bleeding, to apply a compression bandage and then to go for an emergency consultation. In this case, a vein or artery is probably involved.

All hand wounds can be serious because the vessels but also tendons and nerves can be damaged. In the palm of the hand all of these important organs are located just under the skin. A small incision of a few millimeters with a knife may therefore be sufficient to sever these elements and cause infections and paralysis of one or more fingers.

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