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field

 [fēld]
1. an area or open space, as an operative field or visual field.
2. a range of specialization in knowledge, study, or occupation.
3. in embryology, the developing region within a range of modifying factors.
auditory field the space or range within which stimuli will be perceived as sound.
disturbed energy field a nursing diagnosis defined as a disruption of the flow of energy surrounding a person's being that results in disharmony of the body, mind, and/or spirit.
energy field the flow of energy surrounding a person.
extended field in radiation therapy, such as for malignant lymphoma, an area of irradiation beyond the involved field. See also under irradiation.
high-power field the area of a slide visible under the high magnification system of a microscope.
individuation field a region in which an organizer influences adjacent tissue to become a part of a total embryo.
inverted Y field in radiation therapy, such as for malignant lymphoma, a circumscribed area of irradiation below the diaphragm, covering the spleen, extending down the midline, and branching inferiorly to form tails across the inguinal areas.
involved field in radiation therapy, such as for malignant lymphoma, the irradiated area when irradiation has been limited to sites of detectable macroscopic disease. See also under irradiation.
low-power field the area of a slide visible under the low magnification system of a microscope.
magnetic field that portion of space about a magnet in which its action is perceptible.
mantle field in radiation therapy, such as for malignant lymphoma, a circumscribed area of irradiation around the shoulders and chest, including the neck, clavicular regions, axillae, and mediastinum. See also under irradiation.
morphogenetic field an embryonic region out of which definite structures normally develop.
operating field (operative field) an isolated area where surgery is performed; it must be kept sterile by aseptic techniques (see surgical asepsis). Called also surgical field.
sterile field an operative field that is properly sterile according to surgical asepsis. It includes having all furniture and equipment covered with sterile drapes and all personnel being properly attired.
surgical field operative field.
visual field (F) (vf) the area within which stimuli will produce the sensation of sight with the eye in a straight-ahead position.

sterile field

1 a specified area, such as within a tray or on a sterile towel, that is considered free of microorganisms.
2 an area immediately around a patient that has been prepared for a surgical procedure. The sterile field includes the scrubbed team members, who are properly attired, and all furniture and fixtures in the area.

sterile field

Surgery A 'clean' environment that surrounds an incision, and relatively free of microorganisms, in particular bacteria; the SF is inhabited by the surgeon(s), scrub nurses, and occasionally, physicians in training. See Dirty wound.

sterile field

area within operating theatre/clinic within which only sterile equipment can be used, and into which only those personnel who have gone through surgical scrubbing and the gowning process can enter
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If one needs to, step back from sterile field & turn away.
SETTING UP A STERILE FIELD Contaminated field when opening the tray 8 27 Contaminated field when pouring cleaning solutions 4 17 Contaminated field due to setup of work area 7 16 Placed drape inappropriately or contaminated lifting forceps when placing drape 8 15 2.
In short, while all equipment in the space is important in ensuring the success of a procedure, the selection, application, and function of the air distribution system actually impacts the integrity of the sterile field.
Moreover, surgical sterile fields are expected to be changed more often during invasive procedures as hospitals and outpatient surgery centers seek to eliminate the persisting problem of nosocomial infections.
The sterile field should contain the following materials: a specimen container, povidone-iodine or other cleanser, cotton balls or swabs, two pairs of sterile gloves, and an appropriate catheter.
The concept is to create a barrier of air from the slot diffusers, protecting the sterile field from contaminants outside of that space.
Given that the scrub nurse is the principal transition point between the sterile field and the rest of the room, his or her personal style also has a significant bearing on how a new piece of equipment will integrate into an operating room.
In this situation, we observed the significant impact of factors that might at first seem innocuous, such as how the sterilization trays are organized or how the instrument is placed on the sterile field.
The packaging is designed to minimize the hassle of assembly in the sterile field and includes Velcro straps to keep the ESU wire well organized and a drape clip to keep the tubing within the sterile field.
Amicucci said her facility also will experience benefits from the new Morpheus SMART PICC bedside insertion kit, which includes upgraded premium safety components - specifically, a new sharps container, upgraded safety scalpel, safety needles, larger absorbent drapes to protect the sterile field and two ChloraPrep[R] One-Step Applicators for maximum site preparation coverage.
a privately held Wisconsin based company has announced the release of a white paper in sterile field scanning with their TRACTUS system.
For years Ecolab has been protecting the sterile field in the OR, and now with the Family Viewing C-Section Drape we're also enabling a cesarean procedure to be a family centric birth experience.