A nurse is caring for a patient who has a central venous catheter and she is changing the dressing. During the dressing change, the nurse accidentally drops the sterile dressing on the floor. Which of the following actions should the nurse perform next?


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- Open a new package of a sterile dressing

- Withhold the dressing change

- Quickly pick up the dressing and use it

- Contact the physician


In the case when a nurse is performing an intervention that requires sterile products, the nurse should replace any of the items that have become contaminated. If the nurse drops a sterile item on the floor, she should never re-use it. Instead, she should acquire a replacement that is sterile and use it instead.

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