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AORN MAN-889B-2015

Guideline for Sterile Technique

Sterile technique involves the use of specific actions and activities to prevent contamination and maintain sterility of identified areas during operative and other invasive procedures. Implementing sterile technique when preparing, performing, or assisting with surgical and other invasive procedures is the cornerstone of maintaining sterility and preventing microbial contamination. The creation and maintenance of a sterile field can directly influence patient outcomes. Perioperative team members must be vigilant in safeguarding the sterility of the field and ensuring that the principles and processes of sterile technique are followed and implemented. Perioperative team members should understand the professional responsibility to ensure that contamination of the sterile field is remedied immediately, and to make certain that any item for which sterility is in question is not used.

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Association of periOperative Registered Nurses [aorn]

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