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Doctor insights on: Injection Of Alcohol Intravenously

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Why do nurses apply alcohol to the skin before giving an injection?

Why do nurses apply alcohol to the skin before giving an injection?

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 more

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Why should a diabetic swab the site of insulin injections with rubbing alcohol first?

Why should a diabetic swab the site of insulin injections with rubbing alcohol first?

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 more

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Do you need to use alcohol to swab diphenhydramine vials before giving an IM injection?

Do you need to use alcohol to swab diphenhydramine vials before giving an IM injection?

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

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If alcohol is carcinogenic then how does percutaneous ethanol injections kill tumor cells? It seems counterintuitive

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

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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?

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?

Itch at injection: the cortisone injection may have occurred around a nerve - I would expect any complications to last no more than 1-2 weeks. Not sure the alcohol base is an issue. Good luck ...Read more

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How long should you avoid alcohol for after getting the gonorrhea injection?

How long should you avoid alcohol for after getting the gonorrhea injection?

No need to delay: Drinking alcohol in moderation won't hurt anything, even immediately after treatment. Major alcohol intoxication, like a major binge, could interfere with treatment, but otherwise don't worry about it. ...Read more