Figure 3-2. Identification band.
(4) Ensure that the patient's preparation is complete. The patient scheduled
for surgery is to be attired as prescribed by local policy. The specialist is to put an OR
cap on the patient's head in such a way as to cover his hair. Jewelry and prosthetic
devices are to be removed by nursing unit personnel and put in a safe place to prevent
loss and to protect the patient from possible hazards while he is unconscious.
Exceptions may include a patient's wedding ring and religious medal. The ring is to be
taped securely to the patient's finger. A religious medal, if the patient desires to wear it,
is to be taped directly to the skin. The patient is never to wear such a medal, or any
other item around his neck during surgery. An additional exception is a prosthetic
device that the surgeon wishes to have left in place. The OR specialist should make a
quick but thorough check to see that the patient is in readiness for transportation to the
Remember that the patient's wedding ring and/or religious medal may be
taped to his skin ONLY if these objects will NOT interfere with the surgical
area. (See figure 3-3.) If this is the case, local policy will dictate the correct
procedure to follow.
Figure 3-3. Securing wedding ring.