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Suture Calmer

Ease the pain of healing
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It's been proven that happier, calmer, relaxed people get well sooner -

Idea: Infuse the thread that doctors use to stitch up wounds (or the butterfly patches some use nowadays) with a concoction of relaxant, antidepressants, antibiotics, pain killer, a pleasant smelling substance, and print happy pictures (things like cats and dogs) on the surrounding bandages.

Parmenides, Dec 19 2005

Interesting Facts and Information http://www.clintonc...spca.com/facts.html
(Not really the link I was after - I think I first saw it on the ABC, BBC, or NBC website) [Parmenides, Dec 19 2005]

US patent 6,143,037 http://patft.uspto....&Query=PN%2F6143037
this patent discloses coated devices (including suture) to provide release of pharmaceutical agents for the treatment of wounds or disease. [xaviergisz, Dec 19 2005]

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       admittedly this idea is not particularly well written and the pun title does make the reader wonder which came first, the idea or the title. However, bioresorbable suture with an infused pharamceutical agent is a good idea (although fairly well known).
xaviergisz, Dec 19 2005

       Cyanoacrylate adhesives have been used in field hospitals since Vietnam.
coprocephalous, Dec 19 2005

       parmenides - It's a good idea, and a perfect example of "a naturally occurring pun", similar to the one I found growing like a mushroom on the side of a log when I was out running this morning +
xenzag, Dec 19 2005

       Although I like the idea, this could easily turn into a new form of recreational drug-use. People will start imbuing threads with cocaine and ice & the like. You'd go up to the local druggy and ask for half a metre of white cotton, or 12 inches of herbed twine. Needles would still be used, though.   

       None-the-less, I like the idea. [+]
Honduras, Dec 19 2005

       Perhaps my renaming this changes peoples view of whether it's a pun. The kama sutra topiary garden posting set me off on the idea, but it was still just an idea that stuck in my mind.
Parmenides, Dec 19 2005

       Apparently moderately warmed, according to [xaviergisz]'s link. At least someone else thought it was a good idea, too,   

       [Pa've]: Medical research labs use superglue on rat and mouse pups used for experimentation, because their skin is too thin and weak to take sutures. Mother also tends to eat the sutures, reopening the wounds, hurting the pups, and leaving less-than-optimal conditions for research.
shapu, Dec 19 2005

       Alot of the ideas on this site are combinations of one thing or another. Here, you appeared to have combined positive thinking and pharmaceuticals. Well done.
Honduras, Dec 19 2005


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