Why do doctors wear head caps?

Even clean, recently washed hair is contaminated with a high number of bacteria.The cap minimizes the risk of hair falling into the sterile area during surgery.Make sure all hair is covered with surgical cap before surgical scrubbing!

In 2014, the Association of Periooperative Registered Nurses (AORN) issued guidelines on what to wear in the operating room. A fluffy cap should be worn to cover all hair, scalp and ears to minimize skin and hair loss and to protect surgical patients from bacteria, the guidelines state.Skull hats are prohibited unless they are completely covered by a fluffy hat, Aorn’s accompanying article noted. The guidelines also state that long sleeves should be worn on the arms of medical staff in the operating room.

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Maintaining a high degree of cleanliness and hygiene during the perioperative period is important to protect patients from microorganisms that may cause SSI.Surgical site infections can be caused by endogenous microorganisms present on the patient’s skin or mucous membranes, or by exogenous microorganisms from the external environment, the surgeon, surgical instruments, or other materials.One reason for surgical staff to wear gowns and caps is to reduce patient exposure to microbes that shed from skin and hair.Persons entering semi-restricted and restricted areas should cover their head, hair, ears and facial hair, Oren’s surgical dress guide advises. At the same time, AORN recommends that all operating room staff wear disposable fluffy wraparound hats.

The reason: According to research, hair is a potential vector for bacterial transmission, and it can carry a variety of bacteria, including but not limited to Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, and Coryne bacterium. Surgeons can find more bacteria in their ears than in their foreheads or eyebrows. So cover your head, hair, ears and facial hair.

The disposable operating cap is designed to prevent the operator’s hair from falling in the operating room during the operation, which will pollute the sterile environment of the operating room.

Disposable caps can also be used to hold ice packs in place: in clinical practice, patients with cerebral hemorrhage routinely keep a cold compress on their head.The common method is to apply ice packs to the forehead and behind the pillow; As well as ear, nose and throat surgery common hemostasis analgesic method is also ice pack cold compress the forehead.In this case, the patient is easy to fall off or shift the ice pack when turning over to change the position. In view of this, the disposable surgical cap brought back by patients after surgery was used to fix the ice bag. The effect is good, economical and convenient, simple and practical, save material, the patient can change the position at will.