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A nurse is preparing a sterile field for a dressing change using surgical aseptic technique. The nurse gathers the supplies and prepares the sterile field using a packaged sterile drape.

Which option correctly describes how the nurse should set up the sterile field?

The sterile drape should be opened before donning sterile gloves, utilizing a technique of just touching the outer inch of the drape.

Only sterile items should be added to the sterile field. A sterile field should be considered contaminated if not visualized.

The irrigation solution should be poured into a sterile container on the field.

Holding the item 6 inches above the surface of the sterile field prevents contamination of the field and avoids dropping items too close to the edge of or off the sterile field.