Anatomy & Physiology Immune #18
Which procedure requires the use of medical asepsis by the nurse?
- Inserting a urinary catheter.
Inserting a urinary catheter is a sterile, not clean, procedure.
- Administering oral medications.
Medication administration is a clean procedure; therefore, the nurse implements medical asepsis during this patient care task.
- Helping to insert a central venous catheter.
Helping to insert a central venous catheter is a sterile, not clean, procedure.
- Assisting with a surgical wound debridement.
Assisting with a surgical wound debridement is a sterile, not clean, procedure.
Asepsis is the process implemented to control the spread of infectious disease processes.
The two types of asepsis are medical asepsis and surgical asepsis. Medical asepsis is referred to as a clean procedure while surgical asepsis is a sterile procedure. Medical asepsis is implemented when the nurse administers oral medication.
Test Taking Tip
Consider each nursing task and ask yourself, “Does this require sterile or clean technique to keep the patient safe?” The choice that requires clean technique is the correct answer for this question.