A report in the Emergency Medical Journal has stated that titanium wedding rings are causing problems in A&E departments because the metal is too tough.

The metal is popular because it is durable, hypoallergenic, light and strong. However, doctors are claiming the metal is too strong.

The journal reports that in some cases industrial equipment has been needed to remove titanium rings from a patient’s finger if it has become dangerously swollen.

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While other metals such as gold and silver are easy to cut, doctors from Sheffield Teaching Hospital say titanium requires specialist equipment such as dental saws, drills and diamond-tipped saws.

The doctors went on to warn that such procedures could burn skin and may not be available in all hospitals.

In one instance even firefighters failed to remove a man’s ring and bolt cutters had to be used instead.

 

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