by: Jesse Fowler
In my set-up, I use a modified method with the valued input from old-timers and modern medical information sources and methods. Here I will walk through the process I use in order to prevent cross-contamination during the procedure itself.
- I use a diluted Tincure of Green Soap in a laboratory wash bottle to cleanse the skin. I do not use spray bottles, as the force of the spray might also disperse the blood or bacteria on the skin throughout the work area.
- I use 70% Isopropyl Alcohol to disinfect the skin; also from a laboratory wash bottle.
- Either lubricating jelly or an A&D type ointment is dispensed in order to lubricate the skin. This is accomplished with a pump system or a clean, disposable tongue depressor to remove the necessary quantity for the tattoo.
- If more is required, the depressor is not re-used, instead, a new depressor is used to remove the necessary amount.
- Clean dental-bib style towels are placed on the surface where the set-up is to be done.
- Ink is dispensed from clean bottles into single-use, plastic caps. Any more ink required in mid-tattoo is poured into the cap without contacting the soiled ink or surfaces.
- Single use, sterile needles, and cleaned and autoclaved tubes are also laid out. These are removed from their packages and finally set-up in front of the client.
- During the procedure, clean instruments are only put down onto the clean area covered by the towel.
- Any stencil (thermal transfer type) or pen (surgical) used to mark the skin, is single-use and is disposed of after the procedure.
- Sharp, soiled needles are disposed of in a sharps-bin at the station before the client leaves the area. Soiled tubes to be cleaned are also removed to the sterile room at that time.
- Gloves are always used. Either latex, nitrile, or vinyl. They are checked frequently, and changed every 30 minutes whether they need to be or not.
- Completed tattoo is cleaned with the same mixture of Green Soap, followed by distilled water to rinse.
- Antibacterial ointment is applied, followed by a sterile dressing. Plastic-wrap is never used
- Throughout the process, Universal Precautions are followed in order to prevent cross-contamination.