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Posted 13 May 2017 - 06:08 PM

Holy guacamole! Avocado injuries cost ACC $70,000 last year
Last updated 13:02, May 13 2017

Avocado injuries cost ACC nearly $70,000 last year

'Avohand' injuries cost the Accident Compensation Corporation almost $70,000 last year, according to new figures.

Figures from 2015/16 show 162 people claimed an injury with the word "avocado" in the description, RNZ reports.

The report said the injury figures increased from 118 in 2014/15 to 137 in 2016.

Avocado injuries cost ACC $70,000 last year.

Auckland surgeon Meredith Simcock, of Middlemore Hospital, said most injuries were caused by people cutting or stabbing their hands while trying to remove avocado stones.

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"The worst I've personally seen is someone who's stabbed through the avocado 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."

New figures show 162 people filed a claim with the word "avocado" in the injury description to ACC last year. http://www.radionz.c...0-000-last-year
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Avocado injuries cost ACC nearly $70,000 last year
Nearly one person every second day filed avocado-related ACC claims last year, costing taxpayers almost $70,000.

Simcock said such an injury meant stitching tendons and the patient wearing a cast for at least six weeks and having physiotherapy for up to three months.

Sometimes, patients lost feeling in their fingers for life, she said.

A Mashable report said the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) handled around four patients a week at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London.

Kiwi singer Brooke Fraser injured her hand while cutting an avocado in 2015.

Earlier this month, the New York Times published a guide and instructional video on how to correctly prepare an avocado.

Here's Jamie Oliver on how to do it.

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