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WHY DO I NEED TO REMOVE MY NAIL POLISH BEFORE SURGERY?

Ladies, if you are thinking about getting a manicure right before a surgery you may want to reconsider. Most hospitals and offices will advise patients to remove nail polish before surgery, but have you ever wondered why?


BECAUSE NAILFRIENDS, OUR NAILS CAN TELL A STORY ABOUT OUR HEALTH!!

A nurse or physician uses clues from your nails to determine your blood oxygen levels and more.

According to JON PAUL TREVISANI, MD, FACS, "Possibly the most important monitoring device that helps make modern anesthesia so safe is the pulse oximeter. This non-invasive method allows the monitoring of the oxygenation of a patient’s hemoglobin.

A sensor is placed on the fingertip and this measures the level of oxygen in the blood and works by passing red light through tissue. Nail polish may reduce the effectiveness of this monitor. The nail bed is one of the best places to detect cyanosis caused by low oxygen levels. This is why acrylic nails, nail polish, solar nails, shellac polish, etc are asked to be removed prior to surgery.

SO FOR HEALTH SAKE, TAKE YOUR NAIL POLISH OFF!


FOR MORE INFO: usabreast.com.

Submitted by: Roshani J. Patel

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