Forgot to Sanitize the Rubber Stopper. I did my injection early this morning and completely forgot to sanitize the rubber stopper. It’s the first time I have ever forgotten to do this. Luckly I usually sanitize before and after each injection so hopefully there wasn’t too much bacteria on there.
So basically I have a couple of questions:
- How long before an infection becomes noticable?
- If it does turn into an infection should I consider the contents of the bottle contaminated as well?
Thank you in advance for any useful feedback[/quote]
If by “sanitize” you mean wiping the rubber stopper with an alcohol prep pad, then you aren’t really “sanitizing” it anyway. You have nothing to worry about.[/quote]
I agree that, unless you let the alcohol dry, you are primarily acting to dilute the bacterial concentration, but alcohol rub sanitizers containing 70% alcohol kill 3.5 log10 (99.9%) of the bacteria on hands 30 seconds after application and 4 to 5 log10 (99.99 to 99.999%) of the bacteria on hands 1 minute after application.
If it works on your skin, surely it works on a rubber stopper.
Rotter M. (1999). “Hand washing and hand disinfection”. Hospital epidemiology and infection control 87.