Medical uses for paperclips

Paperclips are widely acknowledged to be excellent devices for temporarily fastening together sheets of paper, but it should also be noted that the imagination of medical practitioners has, over the years, generated quite a number of alternative and original uses for them. Here are but a few examples:

📎 Paper Clip Localization: Easy Technique for Verification of Portal Placement for Endoscopic Plantar Fasciotomy Procedures

📎 Surgical Pearl: Evacuation of milia with a paper clip

📎 A calibrated paper clip is a reliable measure of two-point discrimination

📎 Paper clip microretractor

📎 Surgical pearl: versatile paper clip comedo extractor for acne surgery

📎 Paper-clip technique for upper eyelid skin crease assessment

📎 Use of the paper clip as a hemostatic restraint in experimental end-to-side microvascular anastomosis, and lastly :

📎 The paper clip nasal dilator [from which the photo above is taken]

Readers are encouraged to report (by commenting below) any further medical uses which have come to their attention.

 

4 Responses to “Medical uses for paperclips”

  1. Kurt Says:

    When I was a child suffering from a painful blood blister under my big toe nail, an intern doctor in the emergency room heated a straightened paperclip to burn a hole through the nail and drain the haematoma – instant relief!

  2. William Jantsch Says:

    An end of a paperclip can be heated with a match, and then used to melt through a finger- or toenail under which a traumatic hematoma has occured

  3. William S Mark Says:

    I once evacuated a waiter’s sububgual hematoma with a heated paperclip in a restaurant by candlelight. He had caught his finger in the oven door and was in a lot of pain. He was very grateful for the instant relief.

  4. JIM KELLY Says:

    LARGE PAPERCLIP WITH SMOOTH EDGES CAN BE UNBENT INTO LONG PIECE THEN WITH WRAPPING ONE END WITH TOWEL USE A KELLY TO BEND THIS END INTO A HOCKEY STICK ANGLE USE THE OPPOSITE END AS YOUR HANDLE AND PLACE SUPERIOLY UNTIL BEHIND NASAL FOREIGN BODY THEN PULL OUT .SMOOTH EDGES PREVENT TRAUMA .
    WORKS GREAT FOR KIDS

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