You’re in the hospital, your doctor comes in, washes his hands and then bend over your open wound. His/her ID badge (or tie) tickles your skin. Oops. Could a few bacteria have been riding on the name tag and slipped off on to you? According to New Zealand Herald, possibly. The article stresses that hand washing is still the best defense, however using disposable lanyards and nametags or disinfecting them once in a while would be a good idea.