Hair Removal Before Surgery

Often surgery is performed on parts of the body that have hair.  Usually this hair must be removed before surgery.

Research has shown that when clippers are used to remove this hair rather than a razor, patients have a lower risk of infection.

The chart below shows the percentage of surgery patients at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center who had appropriate hair removal before surgery.

A higher number is better than a lower one.

The chart above shows how Cedars-Sinai's performance on this measure compared with the top 10% of hospitals in the United States, the national average for hospitals, the top 10% of hospitals in California and the California average.