Alcohol Prep Pads
Alcohol pads are used to clean an injection site prior to injection to remove bacteria and germs that could be pushed into the skin during the injection process. Alcohol pads can also be used to clean one’s hands if there is no place to wash them prior to injection. Do not clean an injection site with an alcohol pad post-injection, it will prevent the blood from properly clotting.
Information taken directly from “Guide to Developing and Managing Syringe Access Programs” by Harm Reduction Coalition, 2010
Alcohol prep pads are used to clean an injection site prior to injection to remove bacteria and germs that could be pushed into the skin. After injection, swabs can be used to clean dried blood from near injection sites and fingers; however alcohol will keep blood directly at the injection site from clotting and could cause excess bleeding. Alcohol swabs can also be used to clean one’s hands if there is no facility to wash them prior to injection.
Alcohol pads are important for preventing infection and promoting better vein health. The better condition an IDU’s veins, the easier it will be to get a good hit and the less likely the person will have to puncture themselves multiple times. This can reduce the amount of blood that is involved in the injection process and ultimately have implications for reducing the spread of HCV and other blood-borne infections.
amfAR Order “Alcohol Preps” Item # W176818