Removing a ring with O2 mask strap

  1. Saw this going around FB and it's quite clever!

    Last edit by Joe V on Dec 20, '16
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  3. by   Rose_Queen
    Umbilical tapes from the OR work really well too, plus some come with a little foil tab that makes threading it between the ring and the finger really easy. Just wrap to compress, lube, and pull! One thing we did find out- if the ring has those little nubs on the inside that help keep it from spinning and is tight enough to need this trick, you are better off just cutting it off. We didn't realize a patient had these on his ring, and when we took it off (fortunately after he was already anesthetized), the nubs caused some pretty nasty damage to his finger. I now make it my routine that when we have a patient with a ring that won't come off to ask them if it has these nubs before trying the removal trick. And if your patient is destined for surgery and it's not absolutely imperative to take it off beforehand, this can be pretty painful so being asleep is also a good idea.
  4. by   RNCEN
    I've used a rubber tourniquet in a similar fashion.
  5. by   Novo
    Good way to save lots of rings from a ring cutter.
  6. by   martymoose
    Very interesting, and I love your avatar Flyingchange!
  7. by   MunoRN
    It takes longer to get on but I like waxed dental floss as well, although umbilical tape is what I see commonly used. The "string trick" is actually well enough established that you'll find it in UpToDate.
  8. by   BuckyBadgerRN
    When my wedding rings were fitting tightly due to pregnancy, my MD suggested the same method to remove them should the need arise. That baby will be 20 this summer! An age old trick that's been around much longer than youtube!!
  9. by   brillohead
    I saw them do the "string trick" on an episode of Emergency (with Roy DeSoto and Johnny Gage) back in the early 1970s!

    (Yes, someone actually called the paramedics b/c of a stuck ring... b/c if the husband got back and saw that the employee was wearing his wife's wedding ring, the husband would go ballistic and kill them both!)
  10. by   turnforthenurse
    We had a patient come in the other night needing their ring removed and unfortunately this didn't work. We were so excited to try it, too. Fail.
  11. by   Sun0408
    cool, will have to try that !!

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