Inpatient surgical care: appropriate method of hair removal before surgery

Surgical patients often need to have their hair removed before their surgery. Shaving is not recommended as it can expose the patient to a higher risk of infection, since the skin may be abraded or broken.  Safer methods for hair removal, typically electric clippers, are recommended. 

If a razor is used to remove patient hair prior to surgery, there is an increased risk of infection.  When hospitals use safer methods, like electric clippers, they lower the risks. Therefore, a higher percentage may indicate that a hospital provides a higher level of patient care.

About this measure

This measure tracks the percentage of safer pre-surgery hair removal performed on all patients who required pre-surgery hair removal.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital wants to provide the most up to date data. For this measure, our data is from a more recent time period than the benchmark time period.

Note: In this measure, a higher number is better.  

Most Recent Available Data (Percent)
  2013 Q1
Northwestern Memorial 100
National Average 100
State Average 100
Performance Trend (Percent)
  2011 Q2 2011 Q3 2011 Q4 2012 Q1 2012 Q2 2012 Q3 2012 Q4 2013 Q1
Northwestern Memorial 98 97 98 99 100 100 100 100
National Average 99 100 100 100 100 100 100 100
State Average 99 100 100 100 100 100 100 100
Source:U.S. Department of Health & Human Services,
SCIP-Inf-6 Surgery Patients with Appropriate Hair Removal