Archive May 2018 XIX, No. 5

Ideas That Work: Lose the Lanyard

The Attraction to Magnetic Name Tags

Outpatient Surgery Editors


Name Tags

Identifying staff by first names and credentials is valuable for patients' convenience and comfort, but you should reconsider hanging nametags from lanyards. I am not a fan of things hanging from one's neck. There are too many possibilities for contamination of the surgical site with a dangling string, as with any necklace. Because of the risk of bacterial contamination, AORN's guidance is to avoid lanyards altogether. There are also the safety risks of a lanyard string getting tangled in a piece of equipment or being pulled by a patient emerging from anesthesia. We use magnetic nametags that state the staffer's first name (only) and credentials.

Kris Sabo, RN
Pend Oreille Surgery Center
Ponderay, Idaho

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