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Surgical Services Pre-Operative Patient Handout


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Pre-Op Patient Handout - English
Pre-Op Patient Handout - Spanish

Infection Prevention

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At UNC REX Healthcare we are committed to the health and wellbeing of our patients. Because we care, we would like to share with you what you can do and what we are doing to prevent you from getting an infection.

Do not shave or wax your surgical area within 24 hours of surgery. Your healthcare providers should clean their hands as they approach you and if you don’t see them do it please ask them to do so. Before surgery, staff will clean your surgical site with antimicrobial soap and if necessary remove hair with clippers. 

Your surgeon may give you antibiotics during surgery. Your surgeon and operating room staff will clean their hands and arms with antimicrobial soap and wear hair covers, gowns, masks and gloves in the operating room.

Please do what you can to prevent infection. Hand hygiene is the most important step everyone can take to stop the spread of infection. Clean your hands before you eat and after you use the bathroom. Encourage your family members and other visitors to do the same.

For more information of if you have any questions, call our Rex Perioperative Planning Center at 919-784-3102.

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