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Why do they say no nail polish when you go into surgery?

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Why do they say no nail polish when you go into surgery? What about plastic glue on nails? Is that ok?
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Doctor Jennifer
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Hi, I'm Dr Jennifer and I'm a surgery fellow. Our pulse oximeters, which the anesthesiologists use to keep track of your oxygen levels and your pulse, use optical technology through your fingernails. So we need them clean! If you want, you can remove the polish on one finger on each hand, but sometimes the machine is finicky and we have to try other fingers. So ideally they'd all be free of polish so we could use any one of your fingers to monitor you.

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So no to the glue on nails also, unfortunately.

Any other pre-operative questions I can answer?

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