SSI Prevention: Evidence-Based Practices Replace Lingering "Sacred Cows" in the OR
This report explores the prevention of surgical site infections (SSIs) within the context of evidence-based practices replacing "sacred cows" in the operating room. It focuses on the critical practice of preoperative hair removal.
Although evidence-based practice has eclipsed so-called "sacred cows," there are some questionable practices that may linger in operating rooms. These sacred cows -- an idiom for something immune from question or criticism -- are practices that lack scientific evidence and impede clinical progress. Over the last few years there has been a significant shift toward translational research to encourage practitioners to implement research into practice. A key component of that is embracing evidence-based practice.
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