Surgery results in a disruption of the skin, which is the body's principal barrier against the introduction of microorganisms. Thus, the potential for infection is a major concern in the operating room as well as during preoperative and postoperative care. The sterile field is an essential protective measure as it creates a wide area of sterility between the operative site and the surrounding, unsterile environment.
This program explains the types of materials used to create the sterile field, techniques of surgical draping, and principles for maintaining the integrity of the sterile field during the operative procedure.
To complete this course, you must do the following:
The material is organized around the following categories:
The purpose of this program is to provide nurses an understanding of the principles of establishing and maintaining a sterile field between an operative site and the surrounding unsterile environment.
After completing this course, the learner should be able to:
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