Peeling the easy way

This is a tip which takes two seconds, and might save 10 seconds. But if you’ve never seen it, you’ll never do it.

When gloved, peeling the plastic away from the paper backing of a suture pack can be a slippery business, as the two layers are almost stuck together.

Dr Andrew Montanari from Newcastle, NSW, momentarily folds towards the paper side. When he lets go, the paper stays creased and the plastic springs back, separating the two layers for easy peeling.