Feature Christmas 2008: Professional Considerations

How to safeguard your ring in theatre

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a2592 (Published 09 December 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2592
  1. A Ardolino, specialist trainee year 2 ,
  2. T B Crook, specialist registrar ,
  3. H P Taylor, consultant
  1. 1Department of Orthopaedics and Trauma, Poole Hospital, Dorset BH15 2JB
  1. Correspondence to: A Ardolino toni.a{at}doctors.org.uk

    A Ardolino and colleagues give a way to avoid losing rings during scrubbing

    Finger rings harbour surface bacteria so should be removed before scrubbing for theatre and left off while operating.1 There are many anecdotes of surgeons losing their wedding rings and rooting through clinical waste or surgical scrub bins to find the lost items. We present a method of safeguarding a wedding ring while in theatre.

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