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Reminder of important clinical lesson
Website malfunction: a case report highlighting the danger of using electrical insulating tape for buddy strapping
  1. Brian Meldan Devitt1,
  2. Joseph F Baker2,
  3. Eilis Fitzgerald3,
  4. Conor McCarthy4
  1. 1Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital, Finglas, Dublin, Ireland
  2. 2Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Orthopaedics, Dublin, Ireland
  3. 3Cork University Hospital, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Wilton, Cork, Ireland
  4. 4Irish Rugby Football Union, Balsbride, Dublin, Ireland
  1. Correspondence to Brian Meldan Devitt, bdevitt{at}


A case of injury to the third web space of the right hand of a rugby player, as a result of buddy strapping with electrical insulating tape of the little and ring finger, is presented. A deep laceration of the web space and distal palmar fascia resulted, necessitating wound exploration and repair. This case highlights the danger of using electrical insulating tape as a means to buddy strap fingers.

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  • Patient consent: Patient/guardian consent was obtained for publication.

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