Should finger rings be removed prior to scrubbing for theatre?

NK Kelsall, RKL Griggs, KE Bowker, GC Bannister

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Abstract

Finger rings increase surface bacterial counts. Although scrubbing reduces these (P=0.05), there are more bacteria under rings than on adjacent skin or the opposite hand. If rings are removed before scrubbing, bacterial counts are reduced but remain higher than on adjacent skin or the opposite hand. Ideally, finger rings should not be worn by theatre staff. However, if they are, they should be removed prior to scrubbing for surgical operations.
Translated title of the contributionShould finger rings be removed prior to scrubbing for theatre?
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)450 - 452
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Hospital Infection
Volume62 (4)
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2006

Bibliographical note

Publisher: Elsevier

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