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    Hi Everyone – 
    I am looking for an adaptive device to open a 3-ring binder – We still have some of our medical charts  on paper and the charts are difficult to open when putting pages in and out – does anyone know of a device that can help with this task?Natalie Campaneria PT, CEES

    Ergonomics Specialist

    Baptist Health South Florida

    Miami, FL


    [private user]

    For the occasional difficult to open 3 ring binder I use a metal ruler or commercial paint stir stick.  You just thread it through the rings and press on both ends simultaneously, with the binder open.  It provides mechanical advantage and allows you to use your weight to add some force.

    Hope this is helpful.

    Annette Blake-Swindler, Ergonomic Consultant
    Oregon OSHA Consultative Services


    Chris Miller

    If your binders have those little "tabs" at the bottom and top, could you use something like this box top opener shown on Abledata (or a slotted stick) to get easy leverage?


    [private user]

    I have used home-made gadgets made from an 8 cm length of 1" x1" hardwood with a 2.5 cm slot cut into one end.  If you need more leverage, use a longer length of wood. 
    Linda McIlwain,
    City of Toronto
    [email protected]

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