Minimizing hair dispersal: Is this an opportunity for improvement in health care–acquired infection prevention?

Christopher R. Mantyh, Hugo Xi, Lena Pearson, Trish M. Perl

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We performed a study to understand common practices in surgical site hair removal and barriers to guideline compliance in surgical site hair removal. We found most health care providers in the United States do not remove hair outside of the operating room. Our findings reveal minimizing hair dispersal in the operating room, including improved and innovative ways for collecting clipped loose hair, is a significant area for improvement in surgical quality and health care–acquired infection prevention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)308-310
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Infection Control
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2017



  • Hair dispersal
  • Health care–acquired infection
  • Infection control interventions
  • Prevention
  • Surgery
  • Surgical site hair removal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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