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Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - VIDEO: Thanksgiving safety tips

A visit with loved ones for Thanksgiving can quickly turn into a trip to the doctor if you’re not careful. Roper St. Francis Healthcare wants you to enjoy a safe holiday with advice on traveling packed roadways, avoiding airborne viruses and safely preparing food.

“More people on the roads, in airplanes and eating different types of foods can bring several risks,” said Dr. D. Todd Detar, Roper St. Francis Express Care medical director. “Anyone navigating a crowded airport or shopping mall is at a greater risk of catching a virus like the flu. A sick relative at a family gathering could spoil the holiday for everyone, so make sure you’re protecting yourself and those around you.”

Roper St. Francis Healthcare Thanksgiving safety tips


  • Prepare your car by checking tires and your gas/fluid levels, and carry an emergency kit.

  • Plan ahead, be aware of busy roads, stay patient and put the phone down when driving

At a crowded place or on an airplane

  • Wash hands often, bring hand sanitizer with you. Limit touching your mouth or nose.

  • Stay home if you’re sick. People won’t be thankful if you give them your cold.

Preparing food

  • Wash hands and plates thoroughly. Do not re-use cutting boards or utensils unless washing them.

  • Cook meat to proper temperature. A meat thermometer can be tool to prevent salmonella, an infection that can occur when eating undercooked meat, poultry or eggs.

  • Don’t leave leftovers on the table longer than two hours, put them in the fridge!

Safety begins as soon as you get in your car, AAA estimates more than 54 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles or more this Thanksgiving, up nearly five percent from 2017. 

If dinner doesn’t agree with you, make sure the problems don’t get out of hand. Severe nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, abdominal cramps and long-term loss of appetite could mean something more severe than just an upset stomach.

So play it safe and if trouble strikes, visit a Roper St. Francis Express Care or Roper St. Francis emergency room immediately.

About Roper St. Francis Healthcare

Roper St. Francis cares for more Lowcountry families than any other healthcare provider in our area. As Charleston’s only private, not-for-profit hospital system, our mission is simple: Healing all people with compassion, faith and excellence. Throughout our entire 150 year history, people have trusted the name Roper St. Francis. Anchored by Roper HospitalBon Secours St. Francis HospitalRoper St. Francis Mount Pleasant Hospital, our 671-bed health system includes more than 110 facilities and doctors' offices conveniently located throughout our region. Our fourth flagship hospital, Roper St. Francis Berkeley Hospital, is under construction and will open in summer 2019 in Berkeley County.


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