- 9 years ago
Thank you guys!
I’m at the end of my medical degree now and have the kind of ring that snags everything! The rule here in Australian hospitals is “bare below the elbow” so I’m planning to wear it as a necklace at work.
Best practice for infection control is no rings with diamonds, only plain bands. Can’t wash off germs that are under the diamonds unless you keep a tiny brush on you. Not to mention the harsh chemicals of alcohol and lotion.
I found this thread pretty interesting. In the UK we’re allowed one plain band wedding ring. Anything else is not part of the uniform for multiple infection and health and safety reasons; bacteria, damage to the ring, it tearing patient’s skin, comfort during digital examinations etc. The risks are actually debatable although the evidence is actually there. I wouldn’t wear one even if I could. I would also have a member of staff remove their ring if they rocked up to work with one on.
I am a nurse on a medical floor. I this is my ring I love it and it never gets caught on gloves or anything else. This is my upgraded ring and it’s so much better for not getting caught in gloves. My first was more of a solitaire. I think the halo helps it from getting caught.
I’m an MD. I have a 2.2ct moissy (see my profile). A lot of women docs in my hospital have big fancy rings– the OB GYNs often have very biggest and fanciest, lol!
In my hospital, a lot of women wear a plain white-gold chain around their necks at all times. When they need to “glove up” for surgery, they take off their ring and put it on the chain. I’ve also seen people tie their rings to their scrub pant drawstrings, but this seems like an excellent way to get the ring lost in the wash!
For exam room gloves (non surgical), I find that I need go up a size to make sure the glove doesnt tear. So I would normally wear a medium, but choose a large to accomodate my ring. I suppose I could do medium in my right and large on my left if I really wanted a tight fit in my dominant hand. But that seems like too much work, lol.
PA here- I work mainly in clinic and inpatient setting (plastics/reconstructive surgery) and occasionally in the OR. I always wear my ring, work, the pool, sleeping, the gym and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I have a high set 1ct round with a halo and have never damaged a glove with my ring. When I’m scrubbed in I pop them on whatever necklace I have on.
Get whatever style you love most. Just wash your hands, deep clean your ring occasionally and show off that bling!
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