Minimizing hair dispersal: Is this an opportunity for improvement in health care-acquired infection prevention?


Journal Article

We performed a study to understand common practices in surgical site hair removal and barriers to guideline compliance in surgical site hair removal. We found most health care providers in the United States do not remove hair outside of the operating room. Our findings reveal minimizing hair dispersal in the operating room, including improved and innovative ways for collecting clipped loose hair, is a significant area for improvement in surgical quality and health care-acquired infection prevention.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Mantyh, CR; Xi, H; Pearson, L; Perl, TM

Published Date

  • March 1, 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 45 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 308 - 310

PubMed ID

  • 27814925

Pubmed Central ID

  • 27814925

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1527-3296

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.ajic.2016.09.001


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States