Ask the Diabetes Educator Archive

5/5/03

Q:
I am a nurse and I investigate elder abuse. A recent complaint at a facility was that insulin injections were being given without the use of an alcohol wipe first. What is the standard of practice for this?

A:
In clinical settings, the protocol is to use alcohol wipes and dispose of needle. When we discharge home, we advise soap and water, as alcohol is drying to the skin. Alcohol should never be used on needle tips, as it removes protective coating. This should not even come up as an issue, but just mentioning for point of information. I suggest you inquire with administration what their directives are vs. what you are hearing as practice.



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