Preoperative hair removal : a case report with implications for nursing.
- Preoperative hair removal has been a practice since the beginning of this century.
Research in the 1970s and 1980s provide support for the contention that the procedure is unnecessary for wound asepsis and may increase the rate of surgical site infections (Seropian & Reynolds, 1971 ; Hamilton et al., 1977 ; Cruse & Foord, 1980 ; Court-Brown, 1981 ; Alexander et al., 1983 ; Winfield, 1986 ; Fairclough et al., 1987).
However, some hospitals have continued routine preoperative hair removal long after dissemination of recommendations against it.
This begs the question, Why is it that so often research findings are not applied in practice'-In Stroud v. General Hospital Corp. and Pollett (1993), a man died of sepsis resulting from cuts he gave himself after he was asked by a nurse, in complete violation of the hospital's preoperative skin preparation protocol, to clip hair from his abdomen.
The court held the hospital liable for the nurse's negligent breach of its protocol.
The case clearly supports findings in the literature that preoperative hair removal is potentially dangerous.
It reinforces the importance of strict adherence to hospital protocols which have been put in place to protect patients'safety.
Mots-clés Pascal : Poil, Elimination, Préopératoire, Chirurgie, Infection, Plaie chirurgicale, Homme, Etude cas, Responsabilité professionnelle, Infirmier, Personnel sanitaire, Canada, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Santé publique, Nursing
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Hair, Elimination, Preoperative, Surgery, Infection, Surgical wound, Human, Case study, Occupational responsibility, Nurse, Health staff, Canada, North America, America, Nursing
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Code Inist : 002B25N. Création : 199608.