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3. Surgical Instruments


Because surgical procedures expose susceptible areas of tissues to invasion by bacterial organisms, strict attention must be paid to cleanliness and aseptic techniques. All instruments, equipment, dressings, and medication must be carefully sterilized and protected from any contamination that might later be introduced into a surgical site. Possible sources of contamination must be minimized through continual attention and adherence to cleanliness of area, equipment, and personnel. Any time we deal with open wounds, proper sterilization and handling of instruments cannot be over emphasized.

Before using these instruments, they should be properly sterilized and maintained in a sterile condition throughout the operation. The sterile instrument forceps should always be used when transferring sterile instruments from one point to another. A sterile towel should be under all instrument setups. When the operation is completed, the instruments should be washed thoroughly. If they are not to be sterilized immediately, they should be thoroughly dried to prevent rusting.

David L. Heiserman, Editor

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Revised: June 06, 2015