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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical Allopathic [ MD ]' started by medgrl30, Feb 7, 2009.

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  1. medgrl30

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    This is random, but are there any rules about not being able to wear nailpolish as a medical student or physician? Come to think of it, I don't know if I ever have been to a doctor myself that has worn nailpolish.
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    Yup! I know that all those who have direct patient contact in hospitals (nurses, docs, techs) CAN have nail polish. However, it shouldn't be chipped because of potential flaking and possible increased bacterial transmission.

    I guess someone found out that bacteria can adhere more to the chipped area than smooth nail polish. You also can't have fake nails for pretty much the same reason.
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    Surgeons and OB/gyns who operate are encouraged not to wear nail polish. Med students on these rotations aren't supposed to wear nail polish either. When you scrub in for surgery, you aren't supposed to have anything (rings, watches, jewelry, nail polish) on your hands.

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