This guide describes how to put on a sterile surgical gown in the operating theatre setting (often referred to as surgical gowning). As a result, this guide assumes you have already decontaminatedyourhands using an appropriate surgicalscrubbing procedure.
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Surgical Gowning Steps
Picking up the gown
1. With one hand, pickup the entire foldedgown from the wrapper by grasping the gown through all layers, being careful to touch only the insidetoplayer which is exposed.
2. Once your hands are securely pinchingthegown in these slots, stepback from the shelf and allow the gown to drop.
3. Make sure the gown doesnottouch any surroundingunsterileobjects.
Inserting your arms into the sleeves of the gown
4. Grasp the insideshoulderseams and open the gown with the armholesfacingyou.
5. Carefully insertyourarms part way into the gown oneatatime, keeping hands at shoulder level away from the body.
6. Slide the arms further into the gown sleeves and when the fingertips are level with the proximal edge of the cuff, grasp the inside seam at the cuff hem using thumb and indexfinger. Be careful that no part of the hand protrudes from the sleeve cuff.
Fastening the gown
7. A theatre assistant will fastenthegown behind you, positioning it over the shoulders by grasping the inside surface of the gown at the shoulder seam. The theatre assistant’s hands should only ever be in contact with the inside surface of the gown.
8. The theatre assistant then prepares to securethegown at the neck and upperback. Gowns differ in how they are secured, but most with have either ties, buttons or velcrotabs.
The nextstep after gowning is to don some surgical sterile gloves.