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Unread 09-07-2004, 05:07 PM
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How many of you have been told that you can't have polished nails? (OK, my surgery is on Friday and I guess I'm distracting myself with the less important issues ). I've been trying to pamper myself this week and had a mani/pedi today. I've heard that polished nails are sometimes not allowed. Anyone know anything about this oh so vital issue?

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Unread 09-07-2004, 05:19 PM
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Yes I was told no polish on fingers or toes. I have acrylic nails and was able to leave them on , just no polish.

Unread 09-07-2004, 05:39 PM
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Interesting question!

I wonder if it's because some of the chemicals in the polish might interfere with the anesthesia. I think that's the reason why I was told not to wear deodorant as well. Either that, or it could be that they don't want us wearing polish because of the clip they put on our fingers to measure oxygen levels in our blood.

Anyone else have any ideas?

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Unread 09-07-2004, 05:42 PM
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I believe that they need to be able to check the color of your nails for oxygen levels....
Unread 09-07-2004, 05:49 PM
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I just left my preop and the hospital and they said nail polish ok!! Maybe all are different, I know in the 70's no way for all the reasons you all mentioned, they said all body piercings out and no jewelery though.....Hugs, D
Unread 09-07-2004, 06:08 PM
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I had my nails and toes does the day before surgery. Was able to leave it on. Really made me feel better!
Unread 09-07-2004, 06:18 PM
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Your own hospital has its own policy concerning nail polish. I've never in my 30+ years of nursing have known of a hospital that allows patients undergoing general anethesia to wear nail polish. While we use more sophisticated equipment to check oxygen levels than looking at the nail beds, we still do look at the nail bed to give a quick assesement of perfusion.

Call your hospital's admitting office and ask their policy. That's the only way of knowing what will be required in your own circumstance.
Unread 09-08-2004, 12:16 AM
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Originally posted by maribel
Call your hospital's admitting office and ask their policy. That's the only way of knowing what will be required in your own circumstance.

Maribel is right.

Call your hospital to be sure what applies to YOUR situation.

good luck!
Unread 09-08-2004, 05:36 AM
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Hi Margot,
I definetly welcome the distraction!! As for the nails, I had a french manicure yesturday with only top coat yesturday. I was told no polish on nails or toes, so I'll take the shine off in the morning.

Luv & Blessings,
Unread 09-08-2004, 06:52 AM
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I use one of those fancy nail file things to give me a good shine, so I'll do without polish, too....

But what do you mean about body piercings? I'll have to stay up all night just taking them out! My eyebrows, my nose, my tongue, get the idea. (I'm just kidding, sisters! I'm such a chicken, I didn't even want my second EAR pierced after they did the first one!)

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