Burn hazard of isopropyl alcohol in the neonate

J. B. Schick, Jay M Milstein

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Isopropyl alcohol is a commonly used disinfectant. In the hospital setting, alcohol pledgets have occasionally been substituted for conducting electrode paste beneath electrodes. The authors report two cases of second- and third-degree burns in premature infants. Both patients had relatively short exposure to isopropyl alcohol, but pressure and decreased perfusion may have contributed to the burns. In patient 1, the ECG leads were attached with elastic cuffs, which may have decreased perfusion to the areas of contact. In patient 2, burns occurred in dependent compressed areas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)587-588
Number of pages2
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1981

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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