Preoperative hair removal. First part of the project "reviewing the evidence underlying the necessity of several pre- and perioperative hygienic procedures"

Segadal L, Andersen BM, Haugsbo A, Hotvedt R, Jacobsen T, Kristiansen IS, Nordsletten L, Sondenaa VG, Vorland L, Kjonniksen I
Record ID 32000000884
Authors' objectives:

To summarise the available evidence on preoperative hair removal.

Authors' recommendations: This review did not find strong evidence in the literature against removing hair preoperatively. There is strong evidence to recommend that when hair removal is considered necessary, it should not be performed by shaving. Instead, electrical clipper or depilation should be used. Hair removal should be performed immediately before the operation.
Authors' methods: Review
Project Status: Completed
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Year Published: 2000
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Norway
MeSH Terms
  • Hair Removal
  • Preoperative Care
Organisation Name: Norwegian Institute of Public Health
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