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Injection Of Alcohol Intravenously
Kill germs but...: This is a longstanding practice that is meant to kill bacteria on the skin to reduce the chance of infection. However, many research studies suggest this is not necessary but it is still routinely done, as old habits die hard and patients are so accustomed to this that they think a nurse is irresponsible if he or she does not do this. See http://www.inmo.ie/MagazineArticle/PrintArticle/6696 ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Prevent infection: Bacteria live on the skin surface. Alcohol kills them so the needle doesn't pick up living bacteria & deliver them under the skin where they can cause an infection (cellulitis). This is the same reason for an alcohol wipe when blood is drawn from an arm vein. Fingersticks do not generally need alcohol wipes, just a soap & water handwash. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Good idea: especially if the vial was previously opened. It is easy to do, inexpensive and may reduce the risk of an infection at the site of injection. ...Read more
Soap and water: Wash the injection area with mild soap and water, then wipe dry before injecting. ...Read more
Hospitals swab injection site with alcohol before giving insulin, so why do I not have to do it at home?
How long should I wait to consume alcohol after a cortisone injection used for treating a sudden hear loss?
You should not drink: But if you insist you do it after 24 hours. ...Read more
If alcohol is carcinogenic then how does percutaneous ethanol injections kill tumor cells? It seems counterintuitive
concentration: Its the concentration that matters. A small amount could be carcinogenic. A large amount is lethal to cells. ...Read more
I received a cortisone shot alcohol based ...third one a week ago. Injection site itches...didn't the last two times. How long will it itch?
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