Select the basic sterile asepsis procedures that are accurate. Select all that apply: (Select 3)
Sterile items ONLY are placed on the sterile field.
The nurse must keep the sterile field below waist level.
Coughing or sneezing over the sterile field contaminates the sterile field.
The nurse must maintain a 1/2 inch border around the sterile field that is not sterile.
Moisture and wetness contaminate the sterile field.
Sterile masks are used by staff and the client when a sterile field is being set up and/or maintained
Correct Response: A, C, E
Sterile items ONLY are placed on the sterile field; coughing or sneezing over the sterile field contaminates the sterile field; and all moisture and wetness contaminate the sterile field.
Some of the other principles that are applied to setting up and maintaining a sterile field include keeping the sterile field above the waist level and preventing coughing or sneezing by professional staff and the client during the set up and during the maintenance of the sterile field. If there is a danger that anyone may cough or sneeze over the field, the professional staff and/or the client should don a mask to prevent contamination. Lastly, a one inch border, not a ½ border that is not sterile is maintained around the perimeter of the sterile field.