Maintaining A Sterile Field

by Cathy Parkes July 16, 2021 Updated: December 29, 2021

Key points about maintaining a sterile field:  1" edge of field is NOT sterile. Never turn your back on, reach across, or walk away from a sterile field. Objects held below the waist is consider non-sterile.

Key points about maintaining a sterile field:

  • 1" edge of field is NOT sterile, discard any item that comes in contact with this area.
  • Never turn your back on, reach across, or walk away from a sterile field.
  • Any object held below the waist is consider non-sterile.
  • Any sterile item that comes in contact with moisture is considered non-sterile.


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