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Section IX: Removing the Gown and Gloves Between Cases



a. After a surgical case, the outer part of the gown and gloves are considered contaminated by bacteria from the procedure. The scrub must remove them being very careful to avoid contamination of his forearms, clothing, and hands.

b. Remove the gloves after removing the gown.

c. Follow local policy for removing the gown and gloves when they become contaminated during a surgical procedure.



a. After the circulator unties the neck and back ties, the team members perform the following procedure by themselves. Grasp the gown at the shoulders and pull the gown forward and down over the arms and gloved hands.
Figure 1-41
b. Holding the arms away from the body (see Figure 1-41), fold the gown so that the outside of the gown is folded in (see Figure 1-42); discard it into the linen hamper.
Figure 1-42
c. Grasp the outer surface of one glove with the other gloved hand "rubber to rubber" (see Figure 1-43) and pull off the glove. Discard the glove into the designated receptacle.
Figure 1-43
d. Place the fingers inside the cuff of the glove "skin to skin" (see Figure 1-44); discard the glove.
Figure 1-44
e. After exiting the "sterile area," remove the mask and discard it into the proper receptacle.  

Continue with Exercises



After completing this lesson, you should be able to:

1-1. Select safe, effective procedures and techniques for performing a surgical scrub and donning sterile gown and gloves.

1-2. Assist other members of the "sterile" team in donning gown and gloves.

1-3. Select appropriate procedures for removing gown and gloves between cases.


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