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Surgical Care: Proper Hair Removal from Surgical Site

What does it mean?
Preparing a surgical patient includes the removal of hair at and around the incision site using electric clippers or hair removal cream.

Why is it important?
Hair must be removed prior to incision. Research has shown that shaving with a razor may increase the risk of skin abrasions and lead to infection, therefore electric clippers and hair removal cream are the appropriate methods to use.

What does it measure?
This measure is used to determine the percentage of surgical patients that received the appropriate method of hair removal.

As the region's leading provider of healthcare, Columbus Regional Health has touched the lives of most of the children and adults in this region through its comprehensive network of services. Located in the West Georgia city of Columbus, Columbus Regional was established in 1986 as a not-for-profit health services organization, but its roots can be traced back to 1836 when the local hospital was a small wooden building on the banks of the Chattahoochee River.