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Stapled double head and neck drape for otological procedures

  • N Amin (a1), B Fu (a1), J Rutka (a2) and P Das (a1)
  • DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0022215113002235
  • Published online: 15 October 2013
Abstract
AbstractIntroduction:

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.

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Corresponding author
Address for correspondence: Mr Nikul Amin, 34 Wykeham Road, Kenton HA3 8LJ, UK E-mail: n.amin@doctors.org.uk
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The Journal of Laryngology & Otology
  • ISSN: 0022-2151
  • EISSN: 1748-5460
  • URL: /core/journals/journal-of-laryngology-and-otology
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