Silicone Wedding Rings . . . how they can protect you!

Freaky ring accident that occurred in the opening weeks of the new Perot Museum of Nature and Science

We’ve all cringed at the freaky accident that occurred in the opening weeks of the new Perot Museum of Nature and Science.

At an exhibit designed to see how high visitors can jump, a man leapt up and somehow caught his wedding ring on the display. His finger was severed in the tragic accident.

What’s astounding is that the accident really wasn’t so freaky at all. Ring injuries of that sort are actually pretty common.

“I do see them quite often — at least several times a month, if not more frequently,” said Dr. Bardia Amirlak, a Parkland Memorial Hospital surgeon and assistant professor of plastic surgery at the UT Southwestern Medical Center.

The injury is common enough to have a specific medical name — “ring avulsion.” And I had to go to the dictionary to learn that “avulsion” means “a separation by force.”

Yikes. “Avulsion” — it rhymes with “revulsion.”

Granted, this is gruesome stuff. Perhaps that’s why the science museum was so determined to keep the nature of the accident a secret. But there is an important safety lesson here.

As a matter of public service, Dr. Paul R. Ellis III was downright eager to talk to me about the subject. “A lot of people don’t know that it happens,” the hand surgeon said.

Ellis is a partner in the Lankford Hand Surgery Association at Baylor University Medical Center. And ring avulsions are a pretty regular part of their business.

He said he is always struck by how a devastating injury can occur during the most routine activity. One of his patients was a truck driver who caught his ring on the handle of his 18-wheeler as he hopped down from the cab. Another was a ranch woman going over a barbed wire fence. Another was a man coming down from his attic.

“These are things you don’t expect, but it just happens,” Ellis said.

His most memorable case involved a man who was playing basketball in the driveway with his young son. He had lowered the rim to 8 feet. “The man jumped up to dunk the ball. His ring caught on the net hooks. He came down and his finger stayed up there.”

Gives you the willies, doesn’t it?

Danny Green was just walking out of a convenience store in Longview early one morning about four years ago. “There was an ice machine there with the grate pulled back. I tripped on it and reached out for the handle. It caught my wedding ring and just peeled everything back,” he said.

The finger stayed attached but was stripped to the bone. “It wasn’t a pretty sight,” said the 59-year-old electrician in great understatement.

Doctors thought they would have no choice but to finish amputating the finger. Instead, he was transported to Parkland, where Amirlak and a team worked for nine hours to reconnect nerves, tendons and blood vessels.

“I can’t say enough good about Dr. Amirlak. I’ve got probably close to 90 percent use of the finger,” Green said.

That makes him a lucky one. Unlike the clean cut of a knife, a ring avulsion creates such damage that the finger often can’t be saved or reattached. That was the case with the man injured at the science museum.

After treating his first few ring avulsions, Ellis quit wearing his wedding ring. His wife approved, he said. “She understands that I just can’t afford any sort of hand injury.”

Amirlak doesn’t generally wear a ring for the same reason. “I do have rings and sometimes wear them, but only for special occasions.”

Both doctors said they wouldn’t flatly tell people never to wear rings. But they agreed that rings should never be worn during sports, outdoor work or any other physical activity, no matter how routine it may seem.

And just for the record, rings are not the greatest threat to your fingers. By far, the doctors said, that would be power saws and lawn mowers.

Be careful out there.

Repost of article from the Dallas Morning News written by Steve Blow

This guy should have been wearing a Silicone Wedding Ring from ALO

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A HUSBAND had half of his finger ripped off by his wedding ring during a five-a-side football match.

Samuel James Bowles hopped over a fence to retrieve a football when his finger became lodged beneath wire mesh and tore away, leaving a mangled stump.

He said: "I landed on the floor and realised something was up because my face was warm from blood.

"My finger was squirting blood everywhere and it was when I tried to stop the bleeding that I realised I had no finger to grab. One of the lads on the pitch realised my finger had fallen onto the pitch.

"He picked it up and luckily he was a doctor so shoved it in ice and ran round to me."

The amateur footballer was rushed to University Hospital Coventry where he was told his remaining finger stump was so shredded that doctors wouldn’t be able to sew on the missing half.

Instead surgeons cut the finger down to the knuckle – while Samuel was awake – so that he had a neat stump.

When his wife Sarah, with whom he has a 10-month old baby, heard about the incident she hurried to his bedside.

Speaking about Sarah’s reaction, Samuel added: "She was cool about it. When she got to the hospital it was worse than she thought it was so even if she was annoyed for whatever reason, she couldn't help but feel sorry for me."

Despite the excruciating accident, Samuel appears to have coped quite well and even had a laugh in hospital.

He took a series of photographs of staff and visitors showing their hands with one finger hidden and has now asked people to refer to him as "four fingered Bowles".

Friend Philipp Schulze recently started a GoFundMe page called ‘Give a lad a hand’.

Scores of people offered their support by posting Instagram photos displaying just three fingers with the hashtag #4fingeredbowles.

One user wrote: “For some Bowles who lost a finger the other day. Much love from the other side of the pond.

“Think of it this way, less work when it comes to clipping your nails, discounts on manicures?”

Another user said they were upset about his loss: “Big Bowlesy lost his finger. The more I think about this the worse I feel.”

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Article reposted from Express written by Patrick Christys

Avoid Ring Avulsion! Wear an ALO Silicone Wedding Ring and Be Safe!

Avoid Ring Avulsion!  Wear an ALO Silicone Wedding Ring and Be Safe!

What Causes Ring Avulsion and How Can I Prevent It?

Ring avulsion is caused when a ring on your finger gets caught on an object and is pulled off your finger quickly and forcefully. This often happens when a person wearing a ring gets it caught on metal equipment, such as a garbage truck, a steel fence, or a basketball hoop.

Machines can pull a ring off your finger at extremely high speeds. Rings can also get yanked off your fingers when they get caught on metal and your body weight pulls you to the ground.

When avulsion happens, the pressure that the ring places on the tissue can bruise or damage blood vessels. This causes a contusion injury, which isn’t too serious.

In severe cases of avulsion, the ring can tear or strip off skin, blood vessels, and tendons along the entire length of your finger. Sometimes, this process may expose your finger bones underneath.

RISK FACTORS

Who’s at risk for this condition?

Anyone wearing a ring is at risk for a ring avulsion injury, especially if you wear a ring while operating industrial machinery.

Large, heavy objects, such as fences, thick ropes, or nets, can also catch your ring while you’re moving or falling at a high speed.

Your ring can also get caught on heavy objects, such as kitchen appliances or furniture, that can easily pull your ring off with a sharp edge or corner.

Loose or large rings are more likely to get caught on a piece of metal or equipment because of the open space between the ring and your finger. To reduce your risk, ensure that any rings you wear are properly fitted to your finger.

What to do if it happens to you

If you experience an avulsion injury, seek immediate medical attention.

If your finger is still intact, you should stop any bleeding by applying pressure and using bandages to wrap the finger. You should also keep your hand elevated to reduce any swelling.

If your finger has significant bleeding or has been amputated because of the injury, you should call an ambulance or have someone take you to the emergency room.

Before you leave for the ER, you should wash the unattached finger with clean water. Then, wrap the finger in moist gauze and put it in a tightly sealed bag. You should keep the bag iced until you reach medical care. Don’t put the amputated finger itself on ice.

What treatment options are available?

Your treatment options will depend on the severity of your injury. Your surgeon will assess your injury according to the Urbaniak classification:

  • Class I: Blood is still circulating through the finger, so you may just need your finger tissues and bones repaired.
  • Class II: Blood isn’t circulating through your finger, so your surgeon may need to reconnect the blood vessels before they can repair any tissue or bone.
  • Class III: Your finger has been completely stripped of tissue down to the bone or cut off. Your surgeon may be able to reattach the finger or the vessels, but you may not be able to use your finger as well as before the injury.

If your finger bones were broken, you may need to wear a cast for several weeks or longer until the bones reset. If your finger was cut open during the injury, you may need stitches to sew up the cut, and the injury should heal within several weeks.

Microsurgery techniques may be used treat any nerve, blood vessel, and tendon damage. If you have a class III injury, your surgeon may be able to reattach, or “replant,” the finger using microsurgery to repair any nerves, blood vessels, or bone fractures. This surgery can take several hours and require weeks of recovery before the finger can be used again.

How to prevent ring avulsion

This injury isn’t possible if you don’t wear any rings.

But if you’re married or wear rings for another reason, avoid wearing them in situations where the ring can get caught on something, such as heavy machinery. You should take your rings off before you play sports or use any exercise equipment, too.

Keep your ring stored in a safe place when it’s not on your finger. If you’re worried about a ring getting stolen or lost, leave it at home or in a locker.

Original Article posted on Healthline.com by Timothy Jewell 8/22/2017

Why Jimmy Fallon should be wearing an ALO Silicone Wedding Ring

Why Jimmy Fallon should be wearing an ALO Silicone Wedding Ring

Fans of "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" may have noticed the host with a rather large cast around his left hand where his wedding ring used to be.

That's because he had a little accident over a two-week break at his home that almost...well, if you're the kind of person who gets nauseous during movies like Hostel or Saw, you should probably just stop reading right now.

Fallon first sent out some tweets on June 26 explaining how he tripped, caught his wedding ring on the side of a table and "almost ripped my finger off." He returned to The Tonight Show on Monday where he described his accident and recovery from a rare type of finger injury known as "ring avulsion."

According to a study published in the Indian Journal of Orthopaedics in 2008, ring avulsion is rare but very serious. It occurs when a ring on a person's finger is pulled in some kind of forceful manner causing anything from "a simple contusion injury to a traumatic amputation."

In some cases, ring avulsion can also cause injury to the surrounding skin, muscle and tissue known as "degloving," which is exactly what your horrified mind is probably picturing right now.

A report filed in 2013 in British Medical Journal Case Reports details the case of a 59-year-old man who had his ring finger stripped almost down to the bone when he tripped and got his wedding ring caught on a steel fence during his fall.

Original Post by CNET - Jimmy Fallon raises awareness about horrifying injury called ring avulsion