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Alcohol wipes, per box

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Name of the Procedure:

Alcohol Wipes, per Box (HCPCS Code A4245)


Alcohol wipes are pre-moistened towelettes containing isopropyl alcohol. They are commonly used for disinfecting the skin before injections or minor surgical procedures to prevent infections.


The main purpose of alcohol wipes is to sterilize the skin surface by killing bacteria and other microorganisms. They are essential in minimizing the risk of infections during medical procedures such as injections, blood draws, and minor surgeries.


Alcohol wipes are indicated for:

  • Cleaning and disinfecting the skin before injections or blood draws
  • Preparing the skin for minor surgical procedures
  • Cleaning small wound areas
  • Disinfecting surfaces or medical equipment in a healthcare setting


There are generally no specific preparations required for using alcohol wipes. Patients should follow healthcare provider instructions, which typically include ensuring the area to be disinfected is dry and free of visible dirt.

Procedure Description

  1. Open the box and take out an alcohol wipe.
  2. Tear open the individual packet containing the wipe.
  3. Gently remove the wipe and unfold it, if necessary.
  4. Rub the wipe over the skin area or surface to be disinfected in a circular motion.
  5. Allow the area to air dry completely, typically within a few seconds.

    Tools and Equipment Used:

    • Isopropyl alcohol wipes in individually sealed packets.


The process of using an alcohol wipe typically takes a few seconds to a minute.


Alcohol wipes can be used in various settings, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Doctor’s offices
  • Patient’s homes


While alcohol wipes can be used by healthcare professionals such as doctors, nurses, and medical assistants, they can also be used by patients themselves for certain applications.

Risks and Complications

Common Risks:

  • Skin irritation
  • Allergic reactions

Rare Risks:

  • Open wounds may experience stinging or burning sensation
  • Patients with extremely sensitive or broken skin may experience discomfort


  • Effective disinfection of the skin, reducing the risk of infections
  • Convenient and easy to use
  • Quick-drying and leaves no residue


No recovery time is needed after the use of alcohol wipes. However, users should follow any additional instructions provided by their healthcare provider, especially if the wipes are used as part of a larger medical procedure.


  • Antiseptic wipes with different active ingredients such as benzalkonium chloride
  • Soap and water for general cleaning
  • Iodine-based wipes for those who cannot use alcohol-based products
  • Most alternatives are also effective in killing germs.
  • Some alternatives may cause less skin irritation.
  • May require longer drying time
  • Potential for staining (e.g., iodine-based products)

Patient Experience

Patients should expect a cool, wet sensation when the alcohol wipe is applied. There may be a brief stinging sensation, especially if used on sensitive or broken skin. Typically, the area dries quickly and no discomfort should remain. In case of irritation, patients should inform their healthcare provider.

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