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Bunch of steel safety pins, Europe, 1880-1920

The modern safety pin was invented in the United States in 1849 and it became a standard, everyday tool for hospital nurses. It was useful in numerous ways, most obviously to secure bandages and nappies.

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Glossary: nursing

The study and practice of caring for and waiting on the sick, injured, or others unable to look after themselves or to deal with their specific medical needs.

Glossary: safety pin

Pins for fastening separate articles, as garments, bent back on itself so as to form a spring, and with a guard or sheath to cover the point and prevent accidental unfastening.