A simple tourniquet for procedures involving fingers or toes

DR SARAH Larkins, from Townsville, sends a neat way of obtaining a tourniquet for procedures involving fingers or toes, particularly wedge excisions.

Many of us dash out to the front desk to pinch a rubber band from the receptionist, but perhaps that practice is a little unsavoury in that one can never be sure where the rubber band has been.

Dr Larkins suggests getting a non-sterile glove, then cutting circumferentially around the cuff end.

Put this to soak in your prep solution. “Voila!” she writes, “A clean, disposable, multi-sized tourniquet for toes.”

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