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Is it okay to wear jewelry?
Although no regulation specifically prohibits the wearing of jewelry by healthcare workers, there is some concern regarding jewelry worn on the hands by healthcare workers involved in direct patient care.(1) Studies have shown that total bacterial counts are higher when rings are worn, although one study suggests that rings do not interfere with removal of bacteria by handwashing.(2) Nonetheless, rings can make donning gloves more difficult and increase the risk of glove tearing.
(1) Larson, E, APIC. 1994 APIC Guidelines Committee. Guideline for Hand Washing and Hand Antisepsis in Health-Care Settings. Am J Infec Control. 1995;23:251-269.
(2) Jacobson G, Thiele JE, McCune, et al. Handwashing: Ring-wearing and number of microorganisms. Nurs Res 1985;34:186-8