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    I understand there is some debate about sterile versus clean technique for wounds. I’m very cautious about infection control while giving injections. I clean the site with alcohol for 30 seconds before injecting and the place a bandaid over it without allowing that bandaid to touch any surface. My coworker uses a clean gauze pad one the site immediately following injection and then places the bandaid. These gauze pads are placed in bulk in a drawer, then picked up without gloves and often without washing hands and placed on the counter, then used. I feel that is just introducing germs to the injection site. What are your thoughts?

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    Your method is correct, assuming you are allowing for time for ETOH to dry prior to injection.

    The use of gauze should be a single use package 2×2 is the appropriate choice.

    Do you have an infection preventionist at your facility? You should! And that person should address these concerns and ensure you are stocked appropriately. 🙂

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