Wedding rings and hospital-acquired infection

Nurs Stand. 1997 Jul 16;11(43):44-6. doi: 10.7748/ns.11.43.44.s50.


Some theatre nurses are reluctant to remove their wedding rings when scrubbing up. This article reviews the literature and concludes that keeping rings on may put the patient at risk of nosocomial (hospital-acquired) infection.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Clothing*
  • Cross Infection / etiology*
  • Hand / microbiology*
  • Humans
  • Infection Control
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital*
  • Operating Room Nursing*
  • Risk Factors