Post # 1
I’m a medical student about to start my surgery rotation, which means I’ll be scrubbing into surgeries on a daily basis — and therefore, can’t wear any jewelry below the elbow. No rings, no bracelets.
I got engaged 1.5 months ago and the thought of leaving my ring at home for the next few months is heartbreaking for me! So I’m trying to figure out the best way to keep my ring safe but still on my person during surgeries. Do you have any suggestions for necklaces with secure clasps to hold the ring in place? Another factor with surgeries is that I’ll be wearing a gown in the OR, and you typically grab the front of the gown around the neck/chest area and pull it hard in order to take it off (so that it breaks the ties in back) — I don’t want to accidentally grab my necklace along with the gown, and rip my necklace off and my ring goes flying! So maybe a necklace isn’t the best idea after all, but I really can’t think of an alternative.
I could always safety pin my ring to my shirt or my pants, but that also comes with the worry that I’ll take off my scrubs and forget that the ring is there and lose it that way. Gah! All these possibilities are really stressful.
I’m sure there are some bees who have to scrub in to surgeries or do something similar — do any of you have suggestions for how to approach this? THANKS! 🙂
Post # 2
I’m a doctor scrubbing in on a semi-regular basis so I know the struggle! I tie my ring into my scrubs waist ties. I have to double tie them tightly or else my bottoms fall down so I’m not worried about my ring coming loose and I can’t get my scrub bottoms off without untying the ties so I have never forgotten my ring either. Works for me!
Post # 3
cinnamonster : Oh good suggestion!! I’ve heard of people untying their scrub pants and forgetting the ring is there, and the ring then flying off… But I feel like I wouldn’t forget about it, nor would I untie my pants so aggressively that the ring is flung off. So that’s a really good idea! Definitely cheaper than getting a necklace (especially because I have a metal allergy and would need to get like a platinum necklace, ugh). Thanks! 🙂
Post # 4
Not a doctor, but an OB RN so I spend some time in the OR. Most of our docs wear their rings outside the OR, what they do with them in the OR varies wildly. Some bravely leave them sitting on the scrub sink. A few tie them into their scrub ties. And another wears hers exclusively on a necklace at work. Her necklace is long enough to tuck into her scrub top though which probably helps with the gown pulling. Honestly they all make me nervous, but the necklace seems the safest of the choices.
Personally, if I leave the house wearing my ring I generally don’t take it off again until I’m home. I usually do wear my ring to work since we don’t scrub in, but I also have silicone rings and a small titanium ring I wear as stand ins on days I don’t feel like worrying about it.
Post # 5
nalastardust : Glad I could help! Just remember to tie it in as you’re changing… I once made it into theatres still wearing it on my hand and we all had a giggle at me trying to tie it in without flashing everyone!
My consultant had a laugh too and then nicely offered to add it to his ring necklace (literally a huge manly chain with his wedding ring on) – his is long enough that it sits well below his scrub top neckline so it’s not in a grabbable position when we’re ripping our gowns off.
Post # 6
nalastardust : you could get a safely pin style broach for your scrubs.
Post # 7
They make necklaces specifically designed to hold rings- I’ve been eying one by Emily C lately. You kind of loop the ring over a special pendant to thread it on.
I think if you got a long enough chain (and a sturdy one, not a super delicate one) you’d be safe?
I’ve seen little pouches that attach to a bra, for keeping jewelry safe when traveling in unsafe locations. I don’t know if that’s osmething you could wear in the OR or not? Something like a little fabric pouch that somehow fastens to the inside of your bra cup? Less risk of accidentally losing it than if it was just pinned to your scrubs. I’ve also seen a small fabric wallet/pouch that fastens to your bra between the cups. If you search amazon for “bra wallet” you’ll find a bunch of options.
Post # 8
Thanks everyone, this is really helpful!! Lots of options 🙂
Post # 9
Not a Dr but a nurse and my then Fiance got this charm enhancer necklace from Tiffany for me to hold my ring whenever I need to take them off at work.
Post # 10
nalastardust : Nurse here who works in the OR. I have a long necklace that I wear my rings on. It’s long enough for me to tuck the rings into my bra cups. I figure that if my necklace breaks my rings will still be safe in my bra on that occasion.