Proper technique for surface wipes:
"One side -One surface - One swipe"
Lift while wiping to remove surface debris.
Use concentric circles
starting from the center, or go in one direction.
Sterile Alcohol Prep Pad
Isopropyl Alcohol, 70%
Brand may vary.
Research by Dr. Gareth Williams,
Welsh School of Pharmacy,
University, Wales, UK
supported by a grant from the Wales Office of
Research and Development for Health and Social Care (WORD).
June 3, 2008 at the 108th General Meeting of the American Society for
Microbiology (ASM) in Boston.
tattoo and piercing:
Step 1: wash with soap and water
Step 2: wipe with alcohol or alcohol wipes.
in concentric circles from the inside to the outside
using a fresh side of the wipe for each swipe.
Washing is the most important part because the greatest number
of microbes are removed from the surface during this process by mechanical
It is not the killing power of the antiseptic that does the most work.
Though rare in tattoo and body piercing,
if skin infection is suspected,
wipe the area with alcohol repeatedly and seek medical attention.
Skin infections are mostly minor, self-resolving with local antiseptic
a little care.
Antibiotics taken orally are the medical choice for fighting infections
from the inside of the body,
prescribed by your health care provider.
It is important to seek medical attention for any skin condition that
look normal to you.
Wiping the area with Alcohol repeatedly is
until you can contact your health care provider.
Biolex, Shur-Clens, and Techni-Care (withdrawn
from the market) were the least
toxic to keratinocytes.
Hydrogen peroxide, modified Dakin's solution, and povidone (10%)
were found to be the most toxic.
Shur-Clens, SAF-Clens, and saline were found to be the least toxic
Dial Antibacterial Soap and Ivory Liqui-Gel were toxic.
"The study findings also suggest that judicious
use of these supposedly innocuous agents should
be considered in a clinical setting."
Advances in Skin & Wound Care: September 2005
- Volume 18 - Issue 7 - pp 373-378
A Toxicity Index of Skin and Wound Cleansers Used on In Vitro
Fibroblasts and Keratinocytes
Wilson, Judy R. PhD; Mills, John G. DO; Prather, Irvine D. DO;
Dimitrijevich, S. Dan PhD
Alcohol wipes can be used anytime to
clean installed jewelry while avoiding the skin itself.
Soaking jewelry in Alcohol cannot be monitored for effectiveness.
Alcohol soaking also cracks plastics.