A nurse who works in the burn unit of a hospital must practice surgical asepsis while attending to a patient during debridement. Which principles would the nurse utilize that uphold surgical asepsis in this situation? Select all that apply.


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- Putting on a sterile gown without allowing it to touch other items

- Applying a face mask before any other protective equipment

- Using sterile forceps to touch or handle sterile supplies

- Establishing a sterile field by using a drape

- Avoiding adding any liquid solutions to the sterile field


When practicing surgical asepsis, the nurse takes steps to prevent contaminating sterile items that would be used for patient care. This involves only touching sterile items with other sterile items and establishing a sterile field.

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