While the rest of the English-speaking world refers to them as "plasters" we mercenary 'Mericans love our brand names. With that literary guidance this earnest research into bandage removal.
For the study, published today in the Medical Journal of Australia, each student had two plasters applied to their upper arm, hand and ankle. The plasters were then removed using both fast and slow methods, with a randomisation process used to decide which was used first on each student. Subjects were asked to rate the pain on a scale of 0 to 10, with 10 being the "worst pain imaginable".Of course, completely ignored was the strategy of allowing them decay and slough off over time, as showers, sweat and filth cause them to degrade to putrescent strips of corruption - the path of pain cowards.
Fast removal achieved an average pain score of 0.92, while slow removal was significantly more painful at 1.58. The average overall pain scores for women were significantly lower than for men, at 0.91 compared with 1.64. [More][Others demur]
Oh yeah - it's an option.