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Removing a ring with O2 mask strap

  1. 9 Saw this going around FB and it's quite clever!

    Last edit by Joe V on Dec 20, '16
  2. 9 Comments

  3. Visit  Rose_Queen profile page
    #1 2
    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. Visit  RNCEN profile page
    #2 1
    I've used a rubber tourniquet in a similar fashion.
  5. Visit  Novo profile page
    #3 1
    Good way to save lots of rings from a ring cutter.
  6. Visit  martymoose profile page
    #4 0
    Very interesting, and I love your avatar Flyingchange!
  7. Visit  MunoRN profile page
    #5 0
    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. Visit  BuckyBadgerRN profile page
    #6 0
    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. Visit  brillohead profile page
    #7 2
    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. Visit  turnforthenurse profile page
    #8 0
    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. Visit  Sun0408 profile page
    #9 0
    cool, will have to try that !!