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Re: [IP] Jeremy - Prep cleaning

email @ redacted wrote:
> In a message dated 98-07-15 15:24:52 EDT, you write:
> << Even though I don't normally
>  recommend alcohol for cleansing,  >>
> Jeremy,
> Why don't you recommend alcohol for prep cleaning? I have never used anything
> but acohol.

Alcohol is NOT as good as people keep saying it is. Mind you, diabetics have
a slightly different situation than most people, and alcohol is useful for
certain situations, particularly cleaning dirrty wounds in emergency rooms. 
Its really no more than a reasonable solvent that helps them remove dirt
from wounds without needing to be rinsed off, as with soap and water.

A study was done in Britain some years ago. Many Type 1s taking insulin
were divided into those using rubbing alcohol vs those not. There were
5 infections during the study and ALL of them were using alcohol for 

Problem is that alcohol dries out the skin, leading to cracking and
subsequent infection. It also doesn't kill germs per se, it just removes 
most of them when it dissolves the existing dirt on the skin. Actually
another study found it only rearranged the germs there, diodn't kill any
or really reduce then total number present noticeably.

Also SOME germs or viruses can live in alcohol. If you had the bad fortune 
to get certain Staph germs in the alcohol it would SPREAD them to others, at
least in a clinic or hospital setting.

I haven't used rubbing alcohol in at least 8 years, and ave had NO infections
at infusion, injection or test sites, and don't know anybody who has.

Ted Quick
email @ redacted
Type 1 for 42+ years
Insulin-Pumpers website http://www.bizsystems.com/Diabetes/
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