Do you know what one of the most common injuries is in day to day activities? It’s a hand injury. Imagine how frustrating a broken finger, gash, cut or sprain to your hand is. If you use your hands a lot, and most preppers do while maintaining their preps, then having a stuck ring, cutting off your circulation is one of the last things you need.
What happens if your ring starts cutting of your circulation during a survival or SHTF situation? You could quickly and easily lose that finger.
Thankfully there is a very easy method for removing a stuck ring. This method is not new by any means, but if you’ve never seen it you need to.
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What they do is wrap the finger with a thin elastic band to force the swelling down, then feed the end of the elastic under the ring and gently unwrap the elastic wiggling the ring off the finger along the way.
It would be a good idea to sit down and practice this technique at home. Just be mindful of how tightly you wrap the elastic because you’re only practicing!
A few things to take note of before attempting to remove a stuck ring using this method.
- Don’t try this if there is a wound on the finger – you would have to cut it off then.
- It will only work if you are reducing a soft tissue obstruction. Obviously if there is a bony block, e.g. osteoarthritis of the PIPJ then it won’t work.
- If you give it a try then it’s at your own risk. We do this in the ED as if it fails we always have the option of ring cutters.
- This can be painful. If your patient cannot tolerate it, or if they do not want to try then fair enough. Again you would then need to cut the ring off.
Do you know of any other tips or tricks like this, that you think others should know about?