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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

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.
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* While pouring liquids, one should hold the container 6 inches above the sterile field. The outer surface of the bottle & cap are considered unsterile, whereas the inside area & solution are sterile.
Of the total number of violations identified by faculty, over half were related to setting up the sterile field; over 25 percent were related to cleaning the wound.
Current state of the art in hospital OR air distribution suggests that air curtain systems are the best method for reducing airborne particle counts in the sterile field. Despite its use for over 40 years, however, this type of system was not even listed as an option in the first public review of an ASHRAE standard (170P) for hospital ventilation.
He notes that while needle-less systems increase healthcare-worker safety, "they do provide a false sense of security to some healthcare workers who do not realize that the IV tubes and vials do not provide a sterile field." The CDC and other related agencies are formulating updated guidelines and policies in an effort to provide basic infection control and aseptic techniques for injections and blood sampling.
The wrap is sealed to the flange of the tray, thus combining the sterile field and tray into one integrated unit that provides increased stability and integrity.
This movement may, in turn, alter the position of the "sterile field," the area around the patient that must be kept clean--and into which computer equipment cannot go.
When the sterile field changes, the cart is simply rolled to a new position--with no concern over whether a wire or cable is long enough to reach the new distance or whether there is a network connection plate on each of the room's four walls.
Surgical drapes are nonwoven textiles that create a sterile field around body sites during surgery.
The adolescent patient and family should be allowed to determine who remains with the adolescent to chaperone during the procedure; this decision is made before exposure of the perineum and preparation of the sterile field.
When asked to rank essential perioperative skills for novice learners, a survey of New Zealand Perioperative Nurses identified that patient safety, role responsibilities, sterile field, scrubbing/gowning/gloving and knowing what to do when things get tense, were at the top of the list.
Intended use: Sterile kit for heating temperature-controlled washing liquids within the sterile field, Consisting of a cover sheet and a tray able to keep the fluids at a certain temperature (37-43 1 o c) set; Max capacity 6 liters.
The Valleylab products that need to be multiple smoke evacuation smoke evacuation pencil offers an all-in-one design to eliminate the need for assembled in the sterile field. Designed for maximum visibility * in the surgical site and comfort in the surgeon's hand, the Valleylab smoke evacuation pencil demonstrates 20 percent better flow than other similar all-in-one devices.