Figure 1-27. Scrub reaching for sterile supplies.
NOTE: Observe the way in which the circulator handles the sterile wrapper.
c. Items should be considered unsterile if there is doubt about their sterility.
(1) If a sterile-appearing package is found in an area not designated for
sterile storage, it is considered unsterile and must be reprocessed and resterilized or
(2) If there is doubt about the timing of a sterilizer, its contents are
(3) If an "unsterile" person brushes against a sterile table, the table is
considered contaminated. If a "sterile" person brushes against an unsterile table, the
person's sterile gown is considered contaminated.
(4) If a sterile table or sterile items are left uncovered and unguarded, the
table and items are considered unsterile.
d. "Unsterile" persons should avoid reaching over a sterile field. "Sterile"
persons should avoid reaching over an unsterile area.
(1) The scrub sets basins or glasses to be filled at the edge of the sterile
table opposite where he stands. The circulator stands near the edge of the table to fill
(2) The circulator stands at a distance from the sterile field when adjusting
the light over it.
(3) A "sterile" team member turns away from the sterile field to have
perspiration mopped from his brow.