The “I’ve touched human internal organs with my own hands” badge.


In which the recipient is “hopefully” doing something that is somehow related to human health. (JH)


  1. Might this badge be made available some day in a “with my bare hands” version?

  2. Shannon

    Yes – many!! But none of them were in or attached to a body at time of handling. They were mostly in buckets of formalin – needless to say gloves were involved. Thank you Histology and Anatomic Pathology!!

  3. Matthew

    Does my time as a paramedic count?

  4. Paul

    Does your own organs with your bare hands while consious qualify as a level 3?

  5. LeeshaJoy

    Well, Paul, your skin is technically an organ…

  6. Catherine

    Is there a different badge for touching internal organs with someone else’s hands?
    And yes, brains, lungs, liver, kidneys, some attached to the original owner, some unattached…

  7. Seriously. When I was in medical school.

  8. anonymous

    technically if you have a girlfriend you’ve touched internal organs (hopefully)

  9. Russell

    Did it when I was a paramed. Never got used to it.

  10. James

    I would like to think working as an embalmer and putting autopsied cases back together would count.

  11. Phil

    Does it have to be human organs? What about large animal research models?

  12. Dana

    While working as an ER nurse, we cracked open the chest of an accident victim and my job was to reach in and grab the heart with my bare hand (before the use of gloves was the norm) and squeeze to maintain a cardiac rhythm while others did their job in trying to keep him alive.

  13. Cory

    Oh sweet merciful crippled wheelchair Jesus… during a clinical rotation, I was involved in a hemicolectomy for a fellow with colon cancer. I was the lucky one to take most of this guy’s colon and put it in a bucket for pathology. Once you hold a few pounds of a dude’s colon in your hands, you KNOW him, man. You can go out for coffee with that guy.

  14. Drew

    Does handling a “plastinated” human heart at one of those Chinese “Living Body” exhibits count?

  15. I’m always touching my organs. Especially in the morning.

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