Is isopropyl alcohol swabbing before injection really necessary?

C. B. Del Mar*, P. P. Glasziou, A. B. Spinks, S. L. Sanders

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A patient having 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 alcohol conferred any benefit. He wanted to know if it actually prevented sepsis at the site of injection.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)306
Number of pages1
JournalMedical Journal of Australia
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 19 Mar 2001
Externally publishedYes


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