Arch Aesthetic Plast Surg.  2018 Feb;24(1):46-48. 10.14730/aaps.2018.24.1.46.

Hair Control during Scalp Surgery Using a Sterile Gel Technique

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  • 1Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Jeju National University Hospital, Jeju, Korea.
  • 2Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Jeju National University School of Medicine, Jeju, Korea. almostfree@hanmail.net
  • 3Department of Preventive Medicine, Jeju National University School of Medicine, Jeju, Korea.

Abstract

It is necessary to organize and arrange the hair before performing surgery on the scalp. The hair is preserved in most cases, and the remaining hair makes it difficult to apply and maintain the drape. Moreover, hair that has not been properly sterilized can be a risk factor for infection. Accordingly, the authors of the present study benchmarked a method of hair control within the operative field using a sterile gel. Prior to surgery, the hair around the lesion can be organized and rearranged to the desired shape by using a sterile medical gel as a hairstyling product. Subsequently, chlorhexidine-isopropyl alcohol can be used for aseptic skin preparation, followed by draping for surgery. By controlling the hair using this method, hair can be prevented from falling into the operative field, thereby reducing the risk of surgical site infection.

Keyword

Preoperative care; Surgical drapes; Surgical wound infection
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