What Is a Sterile Field?

A sterile field is an area kept free of microorganisms to protect the health and safety of a patient during a medical procedure, usually a surgery. This environment is aseptic; all items in the sterile field are sterilized and should not contain microorganisms. Maintaining aseptic conditions is critical for surgical safety, as an infection could be very dangerous for the patient. Medical care providers learn how to create and maintain a safe surgery environment during their training.






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