a1 Department of Otorhinolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, UK
a2 Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University Health Network, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Introduction: During otologic surgical procedures, there is often a dilemma when ensuring that hair is kept out of the surgical field. For a surgeon, the simplest and commonest technique is to liberally shave the head, but this can cause aesthetic concerns for the patient. Failure to keep the area hair-free can lead to a range of adverse surgical outcomes including wound infection and poor scar cosmesis. We describe a technique used in our department to effectively control hair during otologic surgical procedures, with no post-operative aesthetic concerns.
Methods: The use of re-usable or disposable surgical drapes with disposable skin staples can effectively exclude hair from the operative field throughout the procedure, without fear of the drapes slipping or losing adhesiveness.
Results: The authors have obtained good results both during and after surgery, using this quick and easily learnt method, with no cases of long-term skin damage or scarring.
Discussion: We find this to be an effective method of hair and skin preparation for otologic surgical procedures, and suggest it to fellow otorhinolaryngologists as a helpful alternative technique.
(Accepted February 19 2013)
(Online publication October 15 2013)
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Competing interests: None declared