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[IP] When there's no water to wash
- Subject: [IP] When there's no water to wash
- From: Andrew Aronoff <email @ redacted>
- Date: Tue, 16 May 2000 23:19:13 +0200
< I know you're not supposed to use alcohol >
Of course you can use alcohol if you've got nothing else.
I carry swabs in my travel kit. If there's no soap and water handy, I open
a swab to clean my fingertips before I use the lancet. If the swab gets
very dirty, I use a second one.
Swabs do NOT sterilize -- they just contain water and rubbing alcohol --
but they're certainly not bad for you (unless you swallow the foil -- in
which case remember to swallow very hard <g>).
Many people have used alcohol to prepare injection sites for years without
noticing any deleterious effects. Others complain about drying of the skin.
I never noticed anything in particular, but I've drastically reduced my
swab use because I learned they're just not needed as long as the skin is
clean. When it's _not_ clean, a swab can be quite handy.
< can you use those wet ones or moist towelettes >
Yup, I've used those, too, when there's no water around. Great to keep in
the glove compartment. They generally contain water, alcohol and a bunch of
innocuous chemicals. (I saw the ingredients at the Wal-Mart web site by
searching for "towelettes" and then clicking on "Wet Ones".)
>Date: Tue, 16 May 2000 09:49:57 EDT
>From: email @ redacted
>Subject: Re: [IP]no water to wash (Happy Mothers Day: not all D related)
>What is the recommended procedure when there is no water to wash hands, I
>know you're not supposed to use alcohol, but can you use those wet ones or
>moist towelettes for times like Robin had or when you are just not near a
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