Learn how to relate a certificate of tests (Mill Certificate) to an appropriate standard for body jewelry
Equipment must be cleaned before sterilization. Heat fixes blood fibrin to instrument surfaces, and should not be used prior to cleaning. Reprocessing should be done according to evidence based scientific recommendations.
“To wipe the slate clean is to forget all past problems or mistakes and start something again. That is what wiping a surface is all about – to get rid of the past and start anew.” S.M.Kovach
Brian Skellie shared piercing techniques at the Open Workshop in Stockholm SE November 9-11, 2012
A protocol for switching to OPTIM 33 TB One-Step Cleaner Disinfectant, and a Quick Reference Guide for Tattoo and Piercing use
A first glimpse at the new fourth generation of the fast STATIM 2000 autoclave
Links: Some educational infection prevention materials for body artists
A short discussion of bumps that sometimes form on body piercings
Minimizing waste and maximizing safety are two important goals in body art.
Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist. He who would gather immortal palms must not be hindered by the name of goodness, but must explore if it be goodness. Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind. Absolve you to yourself, and you shall have the suffrage of the world.
— “Self Reliance,” Ralph Waldo Emerson
You may find this conversation interesting or useful as a colleague if you are on the fence about joining the Association of Professional Piercers. (more…)
A bit more detail about OPTIM 33TB cleaner disinfectant
Have you ever visited a salt evaporation pond? It was enough to dissuade me from any desire to put unrefined sea salt in an open wound.
30 days left to prepare for the 17th annual APP Conference!
Among jewelry materials for initial piercing, glass deserves a closer look.
Why use a non-sterile dental bib when there are safer sterile options that are proven moisture barriers? Options and discussion.
A fascinating guide to graphic symbols in western culture
Some ideas about aseptic skin marking for procedures
Understanding the hazards of handling and mixing chemicals is essential to safe use.
William Stewart Halsted, The Johns Hopkins Hospital’s first surgeon in chief, is widely credited as the first to develop and introduce rubber surgical gloves in the United States. That was in 1894, five years after the institution opened.
Now, in an effort to make medical care safer for patients and health care workers, The Johns Hopkins Hospital has become the first major medical institution to become “latex safe” by ending all use of latex gloves and almost all medical latex products.
Free Bodymetal typeface for my colleagues, clients and friends
Body art procedures can benefit from sterile-barrier precautions, even if they are not as complicated as modern surgical procedures.
The surgeon who first advocated sterilized gloves
Hand Hygiene — NEJM. Complete with interesting video Hand Hygiene Yves Longtin, M.D., Hugo Sax, M.D., Benedetta Allegranzi, M.D., Franck Schneider, and …
I propose that body jewelry manufacturers state the Roughness of their surface finish clearly in Metric or Imperial measurements.
I will be piercing in Italy before the APTPI conference at InSide Tattoo Shop