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Question 3#

The best method for hair removal from an operative field is:

A. Shaving the night before
B. Depilating the night before surgery
C. Shaving in the operating room
D. Using hair clippers in the operating room

Correct Answer is D


Hair removal should take place using a clipper rather than a razor; the latter promotes overgrowth of skin microbes in small nicks and cuts. Dedicated use of these modalities clearly has been shown to diminish the quantity of skin microflora.