Posted: October 17th, 2017
A male patient needs a percutaneously inserted central catheter (PICC) for prolonged IV therapy. He knows it can be inserted without going to the operating room. He mentions that, “at least the doctor won’t be wearing surgical garb, will he?” How will the nurse answer the patient?
A. “You are correct. It is a minor procedure performed on the unit and does not necessitate surgical attire.”
B. “To decrease the risk of infection, the doctor inserting the PICC will wear a cap, mask, and sterile gown and gloves.”
C. “It depends on the doctor’s preference.”
D. “Most doctors only wear sterile gloves, not a cap, mask, or sterile gown.”
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