Now, a new device, called RingRescue, is making it possible to easily deal with many cases of swollen fingers with trapped rings. It helps to preserve rings while giving clinicians a much more gentle way to deal with this issue than using surgical bolt cutters.
The device resembles a tiny blood pressure cuff. The cuff part is placed over the affected finger and a squeezable pump is used to inflate it. Once inflated, over a few minutes the pressure of the cuff works to reduce the size of the swelling. The cuff is then deflated and removed, allowing the ring to slide off much easier.
The RingRescue doesn’t address the underlying cause of the swelling, but it certainly makes ring removal less stressful and easier on everyone involved.
Product page: RingRescue
(hat tip: CBC)