Sterile Field and Sterile Gloving: Special Considerations (Nursing)

by Samantha Rhea, MSN, RN

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    00:04 Now let's take a look at some of those considerations that I showed you in regards to sterile items.

    00:10 Now first of all, don't forget about proper inspection of the package.

    00:15 Now if you remember, it's really important to look at expiration date because we want to make sure this equipment is the safest and up to date for a patient and that it's effective.

    00:25 Now, if you remember, once I opened my sterile field, I didn't run off, I made sure that I left it in front of me and I maintain eye contact the whole time.

    00:34 Now this is important because that way, I can ensure that it remains sterile.

    00:40 Next, if you remember, we make sure that we want to move the sterile field appropriately.

    00:46 What I mean by that is I showed you about that one inch border.

    00:50 Now this is really important because if I need to move that I'm allowed to touch that one inch border in case I need to move it closer to my patient.

    01:00 And lastly, transferring non sterile items onto the sterile field is a big no no.

    01:06 Remember, sterile the sterile like I told you before that if you have a sterile field, only sterile items can go on that field.

    01:15 Let's take a last look at really important reminders for your sterile field.

    01:20 So first of all, gather all the equipment first.

    01:23 I can't stress this enough because if you're in a patient room, you open up your sterile field.

    01:29 And then you need gauze -, or an extra pair of gloves.

    01:33 Well, if you remember, you cannot leave your sterile field.

    01:37 So it's really important to have all that equipment.

    01:41 Now it's always a good idea.

    01:43 If you do or if you have a item maybe that needs to be added to the sterile field, have someone there to assist you.

    01:52 And really important, just slow down and think through that process.

    01:56 So a lot of the times when we're learning this skill, we have lots of stuff that we're doing in that sterile field.

    02:02 Slow down, think through the process to make sure we're maintaining a sterile environment.

    02:07 And lastly, once you've done that, make sure that you're aware of any sharps or blood and body fluids that could be around when you're cleaning up your sterile field.

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    The lecture Sterile Field and Sterile Gloving: Special Considerations (Nursing) by Samantha Rhea, MSN, RN is from the course Sterile Field and Sterile Gloving (Nursing).

    Included Quiz Questions

    1. Check the expiration date on any sterile packages and kits before opening.
    2. Never leave the sterile field unattended.
    3. Transfer only sterile items onto the sterile field.
    4. Wear sterile gloves to open sterile kits and packages.
    5. Move the sterile field with bare hands by only touching the outer three inches of the sterile field.

    Author of lecture Sterile Field and Sterile Gloving: Special Considerations (Nursing)

     Samantha Rhea, MSN, RN

    Samantha Rhea, MSN, RN

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