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Which of the following actions by the nurse comply with core principles of surgical asepsis? Select all that apply.

1. Wash hands before and after client care.
2. Keep the sterile field in view at all times.
3. Wear personal protective equipment.
4. Add contents to the sterile field holding the package 6 inches above the field.
5. Consider the outer 1.5 inches of the sterile field as contaminated.

Explanation

Options 2 and 4 are core principles of surgical asepsis. Options 1 and 3 are core principles of medical asepsis. Option 5 is an incorrect principle of surgical asepsis. The outer 1 inch of a sterile field is considered contaminated. The core issue of the question is the ability to discriminate between medical and surgical asepsis and to choose correct interventions that support surgical asepsis. Use these principles and the process of elimination to make a selection.

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Andrew
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(Boynton Beach,FL) Original question source

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