NOTE: The Mayo stand cover is on the Mayo stand with the extra width tucked in so
there is no sterile drape handing down. Note the scrub has tucked a hand towel under
the distal end and is rolling the towel for the placing of sutures.
PREPARATION OF THE INSTRUMENT SET
a. The instrument set indicated on the surgeon's preference card was placed
on the ring stand or table and opened by the circulator. Figure 3-20 shows one such
Figure 3-20. Instrument set.
b. The scrub takes a hand towel from the linen pack, rolls the towel, and
places it on the back table on which the instruments are to be arranged. The towel
makes it easier to pick up the instruments from the back table.
c. The scrub then checks the instrument set sterilization indicator. If the
sterilization indicator is acceptable, he proceeds to move the contents of the instrument
pan to the back table. If the sterilization indicator does not show adequate sterilization,
the instrument set is rejected and the scrub must regown and perhaps reglove.
ARRANGEMENT OF THE INSTRUMENTS ON THE BACK TABLE
a. The scrub removes the stringer from the ringed instruments and returns the
stringer to the instrument pan. The towel clips are closed and placed on the stand with
the small towel clips between the drape sheet and lap sheet and the large clips to one
side of the drapes.