It's 'yes' for artificial nails, but not in the OR

October 2007
Same-Day Surgery;Oct2007, Vol. 31 Issue 10, p121
Academic Journal
Artificial nails, including acrylic and gel overlays, are more popular than ever, but that popularity doesn't change the increased risk of spreading infection in the operating room. The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that no personnel in the surgery area wear artificial nails. • Clearly written, evidence-based policies regarding hand hygiene should specifically address artificial nails as well as use of nail polish. • Emphasize patient safety to staff members in all hand hygiene education. • Monitor staff members' adherence to hand hygiene policies including those for artificial nails.


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