The scrub drapes the part of an unsterile table nearest him first.
e. Only the top surface of a draped table is considered sterile.
(1) Linen or sutures falling over the edge of the table should be discarded.
The scrub should not touch the part hanging below the table level.
(2) When the circulator uncovers a sterile table, he should be careful that
the edge of the sheet nearest the floor is not brought up to table level where it might
contaminate the sterile contents.
(3) When the scrub drapes a table with sterile linen, he should see that the
part of the linen, which drops below the table's surface is not brought up to table level
f. The parts of a surgical gown (see figures. 1-28 and 1-29) considered sterile
are the sleeves (except for the axillary area) and the front from waist level to a few
inches below the neck opening.
Figure 1-28. Sterile team member's attire (front view).