The BAHRS endorses the information published by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery regarding COVID-19 which can be found here.
This includes guidelines for patients seeking hair restoration surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic on what to look for in a COVID-protected facility.
The ISHRS has also issued guidance to its members on how to ensure their clinics are COVID-protected. In the UK, the preferred term is COVID-secure and all BAHRS members have access to the ISHRS guidance. The BAHRS is a founding member of the ISHRS Global Council.
ISHRS Guidelines for Patients Seeking Hair Restoration Surgery
In the interest of patients undergoing hair transplant and other hair restorative procedures, the ISHRS has issued the following recommendations to help protect patients from getting infected with COVID-19 and inform patients of possible modifications that should be expected in their physicians/surgeons’ practices. Where applicable, local governmental instructions regarding the carrying out of hair transplant practice may supersede the recommendations in this document.
A COVID-protected facility…
→ Routinely asks patients for a relevant COVID-19 history of their own health and their contacts. It is important that patients provide accurate information.
→ Follows social distancing guidelines by limiting contact of patients with one another whether in consultation or in a procedure and will arrange waiting room seating accordingly.
→ Uses suitable equipment/PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) as recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) or another equivalent governmental agency.
→ Routinely uses relevant health histories and daily temperature monitoring of all clinic staff and patients as part of their strategy to prevent contagion. Additionally, and where available, follows all government guidelines on use of testing to monitor staff.
→ In addition to using proper PPE, it uses appropriate cleansing, disinfecting and sterilization procedures throughout the office/clinic. Also, uses proper waste disposal methods for any materials that could be contaminated.
→ Advises patients of hand washing protocols in the office/clinic and how to change gloves, gown and masks.
→ Assures the public that the staff have received additional training with regards to proper COVID-19 infection control methods
→ And perhaps most importantly, the surgeon you have chosen is the one performing the surgical steps of your procedure, rather than delegating it to unlicensed technicians.