TITLE

Clippers vs. razors: Simple step to reduce SSIs

PUB. DATE
August 2007
SOURCE
Same-Day Surgery;Aug2007, Vol. 31 Issue 8, p96
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Reduction of surgical site infections (SSIs) is an important part of any outpatient surgery program's patient safety focus, but managers should not forget a simple, first step in a SSI reduction effort. • The use of electric clippers vs. razors to remove hair is less traumatic and less likely to create portals in the skin for bacteria. • Skin should be assessed carefully prior to hair removal to identify any potential risks for cuts and to determine safest way to remove hair. • According to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses, hair does not need to be removed if it will not interfere with the surgical incision.
ACCESSION #
25967377

 

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