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|the absence of pathogenic microorganisms on an animate surface or tissue
|methods or practices in health care that promote and maintain a state of asepsis. This is also called sterile technique. We can use these terms interchangeably
|contamination of a large area of tissue by a highly infective source
|a specific technique used to remove debris and dead cells from the hands
|this means that an item is complete, with no breaks or tears.
|a barrier that separates a sterile surface from a nonsterile surface.
|where or way in which something is situated
|protocols and guidelines established by the CDC to prevent the transmission of microorganisms in the health care environment. All aseptic technique practices are based on Standard Precautions
|an area that includes the draped patient, all sterile tables, and sterile equipment in the immediate area of the patient. The patient is considered the center of the sterile field.
|any item that has been subjected to a process that renders if free all microbial life, including spores
|an event in which fluid from a nonsterile surface or air penetrates the protective wrapper of a sterile item, potentially contaminating the item
|Surgical hand scrub
|a specific technique for washing the hands before donning a surgical gown and gloves before surgery. The scrub is performed with a timer or counted strokes using detergent-based antispetic.