Can you imagine a surgeon cutting you open without gloves? Nope, and you can thank Caroline Hampton for that.

Amy Turley's invention, the Turley pad

Amy Turley’s invention, the Turley pad, can be used to increase or decrease a patient’s temperature — which can be the difference between life and death in the field. (Source:

Hampton, a Johns Hopkins scrub nurse who inspired the creation of surgical gloves in the late 1800s, is among the gutsy broads our friends at are showcasing in celebration of Women’s History Month.

Though you’ll see some recognizable names on the list, including Florence Nightengale and Clara Barton (natch), EMS1 also highlights some more modern public safety tools and their creators, such as Amy Turley, a field paramedic who created the Turley Backboard Pad for improving patient comfort.

Check out the whole list here: 7 more public-safety inventions and ideas by women.

Also read: Top 7 public-safety inventions by women

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