Recently while working a woman came in with her wedding ring stuck on her quickly swelling finger. She had felt some tightness there that morning, but went on with her day in the hopes that the swelling would just go down so she could take the ring off.
Unfortunately, that didn’t happen.
Instead the finger swelled and when she arrived in the office I got out our handy dandy $9.99 ring cutter. With one crank of the key, it broke.
Luckily a co-worker and I had both watched this video on YouTube:
Needless to say, with a slight alteration to the wrapping method of starting the wrap at the base and going up the finger as opposed to the direction in the video, we were able to get the ring off. The challenge was getting past the proximal interpharangeal (knuckle) and wrapping in the direction the video recommended was mushrooming the skin over the ring in such a way that compression was unable to compensate for it. Ultimately this technique preserved the ring and the patient did not require a trip to the hospital.
It was really one of those rare but very cool moments when something on the internet not only proved true, but very valuable.