Figure 3-6. The circulator beginning
Figure 3-7. The circulator bringing the
to open a sterile pack.
second fold over the end of the table.
(4) Check the sterilization indicator. If the sterilization indicator in the pack
is acceptable, the circulator continues. If the indicator is not acceptable, the pack is
discarded and a new pack is opened.
(5) The inside of the wrapper can now be used as a sterile field. The
object that was wrapped (such as the scrub's gown, double basin set or back table
surgical pack) is now located within a sterile field.
o. Smaller sterile supplies are to be opened and added to the sterile field in the
(1) Hold the sterile package in one hand with the flaps up. This is done
away from the sterile field.
(2) Grasp the outside edges of the sterile wrapper with your free hand.
This protects the sterility of package contents.
(3) Unwrap the sterile package (Figure 3-8). Be careful not to contaminate
the inside of the wrapper or the sterile object.
(4) Hold edges of sterile wrapper back around your wrist (Figure 3-9) so
they will not accidentally drag across sterile field and so the hand supporting the sterile
object is enclosed by the wrapper.
(5) Drop small sterile items directly into the sterile field.