Chapter 20 – Aseptic Technique

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Pamela Iwamoto, BSN, RN, CIC
Director, Epidemiology
University of New Mexico Hospitals
Albuquerque, New Mexico

APIC recognizes and appreciates the contributions made to this chapter by prior authors.


Aseptic technique is an infection prevention method used in all healthcare practice settings to prevent contamination with microorganisms.1 This technique can be used in any clinical setting. Situations in which aseptic technique is followed include surgery, placement of intravenous lines, urinary catheters, and any indwelling drains or devices. Clean technique is another practice to prevent or reduce the risk of transmission of organisms from one person to another or from one place to another. Clean technique leads to a decrease of the overall number of microorganisms present.2 Both aseptic and clean techniques involve strategies involving meticulous handwashing but with distinct similarities and differences.

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