No, an operating room is a sterile environment. As someone who has recently had 2 major brain surgeries in 7 days I know the prep procedure well where I go.
The theatre checklist goes as follows:
- patient has had a shower and dressed in clean gown
- all jewellery removed
No broken or loose teeth/ caps or crowns
- dentures removed
I then add an extra the day before for myself!!!
SHAVE EVERYTHING!! Because of the nature of my surgeries I get a buzz cut to allow stealth mapping dots to be placed, shave my legs,pits and bikini line because I always end up with a catheter for about 12hrs and I'm one of those people that can't stand the thought of having surgery hairy!!!