Archive July 2017 XVIII, No. 7

Take Our Barrier Protection Quiz

Is your staff fully protected from harmful fluids and chemicals?

Sallie Jo Rivera

Sallie Jo Rivera, APN, FNP-BC, MSN, CIC


extra protection GO HEAVY Err on the side of extra protection if you don't know which level of personal protective equipment to wear.

No matter what kind of surgical environment you're working in, maintaining the sterile field is critical for patient safety and to prevent surgical complications, including infections. Since barriers work only as well as the people employing them, it's helpful to make sure all team members are up to date on aseptic technique and understand the principles involved. Here's a 16-question quiz to test your team's barrier protection know-how.

1. The sterile field should ______ .

a. be prepared as close as possible to the time of use
b. be prepared in the location where it will be used
c. not be moved once it's prepared
d. all of the above

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2. True or false?

When identical surgeries are being performed back to back in the same OR, it's permissible to open sterile supplies for 2 patients at a time.

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3. In the event of an unanticipated delay after a sterile field is created, it ______ .

a. must be taken apart and set up again later
b. can remain as is for up to 2 hours
c. may be covered with a sterile drape
d. must be monitored by someone in the OR until it is ready to be used

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4. What is the goal of draping?

a. to isolate the surgical site from exogenous microorganisms
b. to isolate the surgical site from the patient's own endogenous flora
c. to create a sterile barrier between the patient's skin and the sterile area
d. all of the above

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