The Patient Poll, conducted by the Institute for Good Medicine at the Pennsylvania Medical Society this past July, asked participants: "Have you or someone you know ever been injured (such as receiving a cut that required medical attention) while opening the packaging (not gift wrap) of a holiday or birthday gift?"
· Yes, one time (6.3 percent);
· Yes, more than once (11.0 percent);
· No (82.7 percent).
According to the American Dialect Society, wrap rage is defined as anger brought on by the frustration of trying to open a factory-sealed purchase. The organization recognized the term in 2007 as one of the "most useful."
Pennsylvania physicians are encouraging citizens to play it safe with tough-to-open packaging to avoid an unnecessary trip to the emergency room.
The following tips may help:
· If you must use a knife or another type of sharp object, cut away from your body.
· If you must use scissors, use ones with blunt tips.
· Wear protective gloves.
· Avoid opening hermetically sealed packages in a crowded area.
· Don't use your legs to keep the product stable while cutting.