Ideas That Work: Infection Prevention


Create Hair Clipping Cheat Sheets

ALL THE TRIMMINGS Body diagrams are an effective way to communicate hair removal requirements to pre-op staff.  |  Elizabeth Austin

AORN guidelines stipulate that hair should be clipped around surgical sites to reduce the risk of infection. To make sure pre-op staff properly clip the right areas, we filled a binder with procedure-specific pages that indicate where hair needs to be removed on patients before they undergo surgery. The pages contain directives and diagrams that highlight areas to clip as well as notes about the hair-removal preferences of individual surgeons. Pre-op staff say having the quick-reference guide available has increased their satisfaction with the hair clipping process.

Elizabeth Austin, DNP, RN, CNOR
Torrance (Calif.) Memorial Medical Center
[email protected]

Related Articles

September 21, 2022

Surgical instruments that are of poor quality or improperly maintained can fail during procedures, an alarming occurrence that jeopardizes outcomes...

Behind Closed Doors: What Went Wrong?

For the past decade, I’ve written my column on resolutions I planned to make in the New Year, the many well-intentioned goals I can never seem to keep. But this year I thought I’d try something different....

Infection Control: How Clean Is Your Water?

My hospital’s sterile processing department is responsible for turning around 1,500 instrument trays a day, and we take every measure possible to ensure...