Basic Sterile Technique

672.3 Part One
Preview Test

These questions may be used as a pretest, or if printed out, as a "review" of the main points of the program. If the test is taken on the computer, the responses are recorded, and when the test is completed, a score is given along with the correct responses.

1) Sterile technique is usually necessary for non-surgical procedures involving the mouth, GI tract, ears, vagina and rectum.
a) True
b) False

2) Sterile technique is necessary for procedures that penetrate the skin or mucous membranes.
a) True
b) False

3) Taking the time to gain the patient's cooperation reduces the potential for contamination during a sterile procedure.
a) True
b) False

4) Evidence of damage to a sterile package might include moisture stains, a torn or dirty surface, or indications that it has been opened.
a) True
b) False

5) It is safe to use a package that has been opened as long the contents were not touched and it was securely taped closed.
a) True
b) False

6) Hand hygiene is required before donning sterile gloves and after their removal.
a) True
b) False

7) An important principle in sterile technique is never to reach over a sterile field.
a) True
b) False

8) When opening a sterile package, it should be positioned so that the top flap opens toward the caregiver.
a) True
b) False

9) A sterile object touched by an unsterile object is considered unsterile and must not be used for a sterile procedure.
a) True
b) False

10) Preparing a sterile field ahead of time and covering it to prevent contamination is considered best practice.
a) True
b) False

11) When donning sterile gloves, the dominant hand is gloved first.
a) True
b) False

12) Any supplies or equipment, including gloves that are accidentally contaminated, should be wiped with alcohol.
a) True
b) False

13) To add solutions to a sterile field, place the sterile container close to the center of the field, reach over of the sterile field to pour the fluid, and avoid splashing the liquid.
a) True
b) False

14) Like clean gloves, sterile gloves should be turned inside out as they are pulled off, confining potential organisms, and protecting the hands of the caregiver.
a) True
b) False

15) When an assistant hands a sterile item to a gloved caregiver, it is important that the package is opened carefully, the loose ends of the wrapper secured, and the contents carefully presented.
a) True
b) False