Scrub, gown and glove before covering the patient with sterile
drapes. Leave uncovered only the operative field and those
areas necessary for the maintenance of anaesthesia. Secure
the drapes with towel clips at each corner (Figure
exposes the area of the operative field and provides a
sterile field for the operative staff to work. This is
designed to maximize surgical exposure and limit potential
for contamination. There are many approaches to draping,
some of which depend on the kind of drapes being used.
Do not place drapes until you are gowned and gloved, so
as to maintain the sterility of the drapes. It is important
to secure good exposure and a large sterile area. When
laying out the drapes, the edges and folds (which hang
below the operating table) are considered to be non-sterile.