ID Artifact

ID Artifact

T2009.002.198 Glove.  This item appears to be a garden glove that has been retrofitted with strips of fabric sewn on to each fingertip and attached to a band at the other end.  Maybe some type of restraint device?  Does anyone have any idea what this was used for or where in the hospital?  Leave a comment below.


2018-03-02T20:57:14+00:00 09, 19, 12|ID This Artifact|12 Comments


  1. Don Kirkpatrick April 1, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Comment..Hand-.Restraint to fix patient’s arm to external fixed rod, or bed-frame. Hand would be inserted in glove, made to grip external fixed object, then the strap would be wrapped around the patient’s wrist and buckled. Two of these would allow restraining patient spread-eagled. Would be used wit foot or leg restraints.

    DLK. 1 Apr 2013

  2. Brandon January 13, 2014 at 6:11 am

    It could have been used for constant scratching, they would put the glove on the hand then secure the strap around the wrist.

  3. Jo February 17, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    I believe that they were not bed restraints, as they would be too easy to pull out of; they were paired with wrist restraints to keep patients from scratching and clawing themselves and/or the doctors and nurses.

  4. Jennifer May 1, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    I think it was a hand restraint, pull the hand into a fist and use the wrist strap to hold hand in the fist position.

  5. Eric May 8, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    For assisting patients with hand strength or mobility issues, allow them to grasp a garden tool or broom handle.

  6. Mar May 28, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Could be used for patients with Pica issues?

  7. Elaine August 4, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    Given Don’s description above, they were integral to an experience that would have been extremely uncomfortable and frightening to anyone. Wishing healing to all who ever had the experience of being restrained by these or any other means.

  8. Diane Lusk September 2, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Part of either full body restraints or hand restraints for combative patient or self harming patient.

  9. Helen December 6, 2014 at 6:32 am

    Looks to be a hand restraint. Possibly to prevent a patient from harming themselves or others during procedures in which medication needed to be given.

  10. Linney Marie July 22, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    It seems to be some kind of Hand Restraint, to restrain the patient from hitting, scratching……etc.
    To keep the patient and others safe.

  11. Name (required)lou August 24, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    I think a glove to hold onto an item where they can pull on such as a metal item and leave no marks onhand or residue from metal object where you can guarantee no stipulation

  12. Name (required)ron boyd November 6, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    Comment…we have a metal hospital bed with the serial # 6449. It also had a s-1512 stamped on it. We are just wondering when it was manufactured and what type of table it is. Previous owner said it was a chiropractor table but we have our doubts.

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