Medicare Alcohol Prep Pads are a great antiseptic source for topical cleansing and prepping skin prior to injections. These soft, absorbent, non-woven alcohol wipes provide rapid-acting skin preparation in a sterile formula. Each pad is impregnated with 70% isopropyl alcohol. The non-woven swabs are manufactured to the highest bacteriological standards.
Precautionary measures must be put in place in order to avoid infection. A simple prevention method to avoid contamination is to cleanse the skin prior to creating a break or puncture or making an incision in the skin.
Cleaning the skin with alcohol prep pads prior to creating an opening is a small maneuver, but can prove to be a life-saving step in the prevention of infections.
It is important, when purchasing and using alcohol prep pads, to be aware of their proper function. Unlike wound cleansers, alcohol prep pads should never be used on open cuts, scrapes and grazes. The alcohol content in prep pads is far greater than that of wound cleansers and is therefore far too high to use on broken skin.
Their intended purpose is to clean the skin before inserting a needle or making a cut. By cleaning the skin prior to breaking it, germs on the skin's surface are cleared away. This means that there is less of a chance that they will get into the opening where they could potentially lead to infections. These are especially useful for patients who have to daily administer medicine via needle or do frequent skin prick tests, such as those with diabetes.