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How to free a trapped finger
如何讓受困的手指自由

Firefighters in Taoyuan City on Monday last week free a young man’s trapped finger.
桃園消防員上週一協助一名年輕男子讓他的手指脫困。

Photo: Lee Jung-ping, Liberty Times
照片:自由時報記者李容萍

A young man from Taoyuan City put his right index finger into the spout of a metal water canteen and could not remove it. The finger became red and swollen, so he asked the Longtan fire brigade to help. Using a rotary cutter, they carefully cut the water canteen and freed the young man’s finger.

On Monday evening last week, the man, accompanied by several friends, went to the Longtan fire station. The firefighters discovered that the whole of his right index finger was stuck in the steel water canteen, and the finger had lacerations, severe inflammation and bleeding. It hurt so much that he could not stop sweating.

The firefighters took into consideration that the water canteen was made of steel and could only be cut using a rotary cutter. The young man’s friend joked, “Maybe when you hear the sound of the machine starting you will be so nervous that your finger will shrink away and come out!” When the young man heard this he broke out in a cold sweat, but when his finger was free he breathed a sigh of relief. When the firefighters asked why he put his finger into the kettle, the man and his friends did not know how to answer, but they repeatedly thanked the team members for the successful rescue.

The fire brigade reminds the public that, in the usual case of a ring being stuck on a finger, people can first use soap and water, lubricants, oil and so on to allow the finger to get free. However, if it is stuck too tightly, it is best to seek medical assistance as soon as possible, so as not to cause local tissue necrosis and be full of regret later.

(Liberty Times, translated by Clare Lear)

桃園市一名年輕男子因右手食指卡進鋼製水壺口內動彈不得,手指紅腫,求助龍潭消防分隊,由隊員使用砂輪切割器小心翼翼將鋼製水壺割開,讓年輕男子的手指得以脫困。

TODAY’S WORDS
今日單字

1. stuck adj.

塞進;卡 (sai1 jin4; ka3)

例: I was stuck at the office.

(我被卡在辦公室。)

2. laceration n.

撕裂傷 (si1 lie4 shang1)

例: Lacerations may become infected.

(撕裂傷可能會被感染。)

3. shrink v.

縮 (suo1)

例: Clothes shrink easily in a washing machine.

(洗衣機洗衣服容易縮水。)


這名年輕男子上週一晚上由多名朋友陪同走進龍潭消防分隊,消防隊員檢視,發現他的右手食指整個塞進鋼製水壺裡,右手食指已有撕裂傷,而且手指嚴重紅腫、瘀血,痛得不斷冒汗。

消防隊員考量水壺為鋼製材質,只能動用砂輪切割器進行切割,一旁友人還開玩笑「會不會聽到機器啟動的聲音,就緊張縮(指)起來…」年輕男子聽得冷汗直流,直見手指脫困才鬆了一口氣;隊員詢問年輕男子手指為何塞進水壺口時,年輕男子和友人不知道怎麼回答,可是他們一再感謝隊員成功救指。

消防隊提醒一般戒指卡指可先用肥皂水、潤滑劑、油劑等,讓手指脫困,但如果已卡的太緊,最好還是儘速就醫尋求協助,以免造成局部組織壞死,後悔莫及。

(自由時報記者李容萍)

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