My boyfriend just had surgery and I was shocked to learn that they clipped his body hair in the pre-op area. In my place of employment, we do it after the patient is asleep on the table. Yesterday I received a AORN newsletter that talked about hair clipping, and it said that it should indeed be done before entering the OR. Makes sense in terms of cleanliness, lower risk of infection, etc. I wonder if we do it in the OR after the patient is asleep because it's a pediatric hospital? Maybe it would be too scary or traumatic for the kids to do it while they're awake?
What do you think? How do they do it where you work?