Flashcards in Chapter 14 Aseptic Technique in Imaging Deck (16):
Differentiate between medical and surgical asepsis.
-Medical asepsis is deﬁned as any practice that helps reduce the number and spread of microorganisms.
-Surgical asepsis is deﬁned as the complete removal of microorganisms and their spores from the surface of an object
-Administering an intra-venous contrast agent
-Reapplying a dressing
-Catheterization of the urinary bladder
-Measuring vital signs
-Taking a ﬂat plate image of the abdomen
When entering a surgical suite and preparing to enter Zone 2, the radiographer must:
Change into a scrub suit, don shoe covers, and cover his/her hair
List the three most common causes of contamination of a surgical site.
1. Microorganism blown into the surgical site
2. Use of contaminated instruments or gloves
3. A wet or damp sterile field
Maintenance of the sterile field is the duty of only the circulating nurse.
Disinfectants are categorized depending on their ability to disinfect. Alcohol is considered an inter-mediate-level disinfectant. This means that it:
May be used to disinfect thermometers and medication vials
If there is a question about the sterility of an item, the radiographer must:
Consider it unsterile and replace it
When opening a sterile wrapper, the fold closest to the radiographer is opened ﬁrst.
The purpose of the surgical scrub is:
To remove as many microbes as possible from the skin
List three responsibilities of the radiographer in the operating room or special procedures room.
1. protecting himself and all persons in the OR and special procedure areasfrom radiation.
2. knowledge-able concerning the areas that are sterile.
3. He must pro-tect sterile areas and the patient from contamination.
When preparing to enter the OR, the radiographer must don a lead apron. He may wear his radiation protection badge:
Outside the lead apron
Any dressing removed in the imaging department must be considered:
When sterile drapes are placed by the sterile person. The drape is placed:
In the area nearest the sterile person ﬁrst
If the radiographer is allergic to latex, he must:
Request gloves that are not of latex material