Aseptic Nursing Technique in the OR: Creating and Maintaining a Sterile Field
The final program in this series focuses on the creation and maintenance of the sterile field. It begins by discussing the criteria for the materials in surgical drapes and the various configurations of these drapes.
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The final program in this series focuses on the creation and maintenance of the sterile field. It begins by discussing the criteria for the materials in surgical drapes and the various configurations of these drapes. The ways in which a sterile field can become contaminated and the steps necessary to address contamination are then explained. Specific techniques in setting up the field are demonstrated, including draping and placing equipment and products the Mayo stand and instrument table; selecting and opening both single use and reusable sterile packs; draping the patient; assisting with placement of an adhesive drape; and the application of towel clips.
1. List the criteria for materials used in surgical drapes.
2. Name the types of drapes used in the surgical setting.
3. Delineate causes of sterile field contamination and actions taken to address contamination.
4. Create a sterile field on an instrument table and Mayo stand.
5. Select and open sterile packs.
6. Drape a patient for surgery.
7. Assist with placement of an adhesive surgical drape.
8. Apply towel clips.
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