Surgical Site Shaving: Clinical Implications

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Surgical site shaving Clinical implications Prepping of patients for surgery, as has been the practice, has involved removal of hair on and around the site of surgical incision. Research has shown that infections at surgical sites can be prevented through shaving the incision sites with several researchers revealing that the removal of hair from the surgical site also eliminates bacteria and other pathogens that thrive on the hair. Other researchers, however, revealed that shaving of the patient's skin before surgery increases the risk of infection rather than reducing it such as ADDIN EN.CITE Celik2007630Celik and Kara (2007)63063017Celik, S EKara, ADoes shaving the incision site increase the infection rate after spinal surgery?Spine (Phila Pa 1976)Spine (Phila Pa 1976)1575-732152007 HYPERLINK l "_ENREF_1" o "Celik, 2007 #630" Celik and Kara (2007) who found that postoperative infections occurred in 4 patients who had been shaved before surgery compared to 1 patient in the group that had not been shaved. Data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC&P) shows that infections at surgical sites are among the leading causes of complications for hospital patients and they account for 20 percent of infections associated with healthcare leading to thousands of deaths every year ADDIN EN.CITE Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee2011631(Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee, 2011)63163143Healthcare Infection

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