Is isopropyl alcohol swabbing before injection really necessary?
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A patient ha~ilng her skin swabbed before an intramuscular injection asked her general practitioner "What is the value of cleaning the skin like that?". This prompted the GP to wonder whether sterilising the skin for one to three seconds with 70% isopropyl alcqhoi conferred any benefit. He wanted to know if it actually prevented sepsis at the site of injection.
Medical Journal of Australia
Spinks B, Sanders SL. Is isopropyl alcohol swabbing before injection really necessary? Med J Aust 2001; 174(6): 306. © Copyright 2001 The Medical Journal of Australia – reproduced with permission.