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Preoperative hair removal to surgical site infection

Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Derby, England, United Kingdom
Cochrane database of systematic reviews (Online) (Impact Factor: 5.94). 02/2006; 3(3):CD004122. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD004122.pub3
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ABSTRACT When people are being prepared for surgery removing body hair from the area of the surgical incision may reduce the chance of the surgical site becoming infected. Traditionally people undergoing surgery have body hair removed from the intended surgical wound site as this is thought to reduce the chance of the surgical site becoming infected. Three methods of hair removal are currently used; shaving with a razor, clipping with clippers and using a cream which dissolves the hair. There is insufficient evidence for removing hair before surgery by shaving or removing hair using a cream, on the rate of surgical site infection. However if it is necessary to remove hair then it is preferable to use clippers rather than shaving with a razor as this results in fewer surgical site infections.

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    • "Hair removal with clipping or depilatory creams results in fewer surgical-site infections than does shaving with a razor. However, there was no difference in the infection rate in patients who had hair removed on the day before or the day of surgery, regardless of the method of hair removal [50]. Skin and nasal sterilisation has been evaluated as a means of reducing prosthesis infection by attempting to eradicate Staphylococcus contamination. "
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