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A surgical silk winder

Much nursing time is taken up with rewinding surgical silk onto metal spools. Until four months ago it was taking up to five hours a week at the North Middlesex Hospital. This simple mechanical winder was then devised and, made from a 3s. egg-beater. The time taken for rewinding has been cut by more than three-quarters, and over 150 hours are expected to be saved over a year. (Sent in by Miss G. Liewelyn, SRN, and Mr. Michael Patkin, FRCS)






Nursing Times 1964, October 9 1340 ,

A two-shilling egg-whisk from Woolworths! The savings per year should be about 100 000 per cent. It was several years before silk would be bought precut in packages and not on wooden reels.