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Re: [IP] Jeremy - Prep cleaning

I use IV Prep Pads that come in individual packets.  They have worked well.

At 10:28 PM 7/15/98 -0400, you wrote:
>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
>> 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
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