Removing a ring from a swollen finger without cutting off the ring
Stumbled upon this video.
You can use a length of elastic ribbon to get a ring off of a
swollen finger without cutting the ring. Thought it might be of
That's awesome. Heard of things like that with string but that was
interesting. I've seen some I don't think even that would work on
Working in a hospital, this will come in really handy. We've used
oils, soaps, baloons (partially inflate and push around finger to
squeeze blood out), dental floss, and a ring saw as a last resort.
Thank you, Elliott, for this wonderful lesson! As a former emergency
room nurse, I know how emotionally traumatic this can be in an
already emotional situation. I have shared it with my friends who are
Wish I'd known about this in the past. Oh well. Thanks for letting
I have been a goldsmith for 40 years. I did not bother to read this
post initially. Why would I? I know everything. Well, I decided to
look at the link after reading some responses. This is clever and
worth seeing the video about how this is done. If you, like me did
not look at this when it was first posted go and take a look. Here is
the link again.... http://www.ganoksin.com/gnkurl/ep812k
Innovative & simple idea for removing stuck rings without destroying
them! Thanks for sharing Elliot!
Absolutely brilliant. Thanks for sharing.
I must admit, I like Franklin didn't look at this video till I got
to his post. To further compound my error, my wife (who worked with
me for over 10 years as a jeweler), is now an ICU nurse who can take
this info with her to the hospital and spread this idea through the
local medical community. Thanks so much!! Thomas III
While I am sure this is a fantastic boon for trying to get a ring
off of someone who bumped their finger a bit or who accidently put
their left hand ring on their right hand, It would do nothing for the
vast majority of my "ring removal" customers, whose finger has
swollen 3-5 sizes from an actual injury, or who has not taken their
size 5 wedding ring off for 30 years and is now a size 12, except for
the space underneath the ring. I would also caution anyone NOT
working in a health care environment that this is probably an
excellent way to be the recipient of a "nerve damage", "blood clot",
"circulation damage", or "practicing medicine without a license"
lawsuit if anything would go wrong, since you probably dont have the
proper forms for them to sign or the legal standing to make them
(regarding ring removal via compression "bandage":) I would also
caution anyone NOT working in a health care environment that this
is probably an excellent way to be the recipient of a "nerve
damage", "blood clot", "circulation damage", or "practicing
medicine without a license" lawsuit if anything would go wrong,
since you probably dont have the proper forms for them to sign or
the legal standing to make them valid.
I was hoping that someone besides me would express this point of
view. I'd keep the link to the YouTube video handy behind the
jewelry case to offer to a customer as a POSSIBLY self-administered
solution in their own home, or better yet, as a suggestion to the
docs in their ER. I wouldn't try it on anyone except maybe myself or
In some states in the US, practicing medicine without a license
would be not only lawsuit material, but also may be a felony or
misdemeanor. If your store has video, here come the subpoenas.
But beyond those practical considerations, the real point is that
one could do real harm by trying this technique on someone whose
hand had not been xrayed first, etc.
My brother showed this link to a friend of ours who's a doc. His
My favorite part: "usually the patients tolerate this quite well"