Not using an Alcohol swab before injections - page 2

Question... Today while giving vaccines to a 6 month old, I had to apply a new clean needle to one of the vaccines I was giving due to being contaminated by touching the patients skin before the... Read More

  1. by   Racer15
    I remember when I was in vet tech school, one of my professors (a veterinarian) remarked that alcohol swabs didn't really do anything as far as killing bacteria. He told us it encapsulated some of the bacteria but really didn't make anything sterile, it was mostly for show.
  2. by   JBudd
    The moisture and rubbing action is what is getting rid of surface dirt, (and the alcohol dries quickly). I often look at the pad after "cleaning" a site, and see plenty of dirt on the pad itself (work in an ED). If it is really dirty, I swipe with a new alcohol pad.

    Bodies are a lot tougher than we give them credit for, just remember microbiology! How anyone is still alive is a mystery
  3. by   exp626
    ...and if all the comments from the previous posters didn't make you feel better, then think of this: the needle you touched the skin with was probably sterile, or at worse had the baby's own flora on it.
    I wouldn't worry!
  4. by   newgrad1988
    Thank you everyone! I really need to calm down, relax and let it go or I'm in for a long, stressful career!