Asepsis, Sterile Technique, Standard Precautions/Isolation and Sterile Gloving Why this is important The ability to understand and apply the principles of aseptic and sterile technique is critical in the nursing profession. Your ability to apply proper precaution principles will reduce the incidence of hospital acquired infections. What you will learn to do Use aseptic technique Knowledge and skills you will learn along the way This learning plan addresses the following learning objectives to help you master the competency: a. Define key terms. b. Explain how each element of the chain of infection contributes to infection. c. Identify infection control practices implemented by nurses to break each element of the chain of infection. d. Identify when health care workers should perform hand hygiene. e. Outline correct procedures for hand hygiene. f. Differentiate between medical and surgical asepsis. g. Identify the principles of surgical asepsis. h. Explain the process of donning sterile gloves. i. Compare and contrast standard and transmission-based precautions. j. Discuss the psychological aspects of a client in isolation. k. Describe developmental and cultural differences to take into consideration. l. Explain how to document all aspects of transmission-based precautions. Learning Activities a. PREVIEW the Performance Standards and Learning Objectives for this competency outlined b. c. d. e. f. above. READ Potter and Perry chapter 7 (Medical Asepsis) and chapter 8 (Sterile Technique). READ Jarvis page 121 (Standard Precautions). VIEW or READ a presentation on asepsis, sterile technique, and isolation. VIEW a demonstration on sterile gloving and isolation techniques. PRACTICE donning and removing sterile gloves and isolation techniques. Assessment Activities a. DEMONSTRATE satisfactory completion of performance check off. b. DEMONSTRATE ability to apply knowledge by completing an exam.