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  MK-1116, Alcohol Wipes and Swab Sticks

Sterile Alcohol Prep Pad

Isopropyl Alcohol, 70%
/Box of

Brands may vary.

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.

Research by Dr. Gareth Williams,
Welsh School of Pharmacy, Cardiff University, Wales, UK supported by a grant from the Wales Office of Research and Development for Health and Social Care (WORD). Presented June 3, 2008 at the 108th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) in Boston.
Alcohol is "Best Practice"
Alcohol Swabsticks
Isopropyl Alcohol, 70%

1 Swabstick per packet
50 Packs per Box

Twirl as moving in concentric circles or in one direction.
One Stick - One Surface - One Twirl
If infection is suspected,
wipe with alcohol repeatedly and seek medical attention.

Alcohol Swabsticks
Isopropyl Alcohol, 70%

3 Swabsticks per packet
25 Packs of 3 per Box

Twirl as moving in concentric circles or in one direction.
One Stick - One Surface - One Twirl

Alcohol is the simplest, safest and most cost effective way to reduce microbial flora for tattoo and piercing by antiseptic action. 
Alcohol USE is "Best Practice"

for skin preparation for tattoo and piercing studios.

Skin Prep for tattoo and piercing:

Step 1:  wash with soap and water 
Step 2:  wipe with alcohol or alcohol wipes. 

Method: Wipe 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 physically.

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 cleaning, 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 doesn't look normal to you.

Wiping the area with Alcohol repeatedly is "Best Practice"
until you can contact your health care provider.

Biolex, Shur-Clens were the least toxic to keratinocytes. (Techni-Care was improperly recommended by APP subsequently withdrawn by FDA. Lessons here.
1) Never recommend a particular product.
2) Specify the quality which can be used as a standard to judge among several products.
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 to fibroblasts.
Dial Antibacterial Soap and Ivory Liquid-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 long soaking times.
Soaking jewelry in Alcohol cannot be monitored for effectiveness. Alcohol is also shown to crack acrylic.


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