Meat-Packing Pads as Tattoo Dressings

During a recent convention on body modification and tattoos in Vancouver, BC, an environmental health officer noticed that tattoo artists were using meat-packing pads as dressings on new tattoos. Because the pads are used to package food, they are assumed to be “clean,” but are not sterile. This inquiry examined the evidence regarding the use of clean vs. sterile dressings in the care of tattoos or similar wounds.

Field Inquiries are based on a real or hypothetical situation related to an environmental health problem. NCCEH uses a multi-pronged approach, including academic sources, grey literature, and expert consultation, to define the practice problem, synthesize the available information and suggest approaches to resolve the problem.

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Infection Control for Tebori Tattooing

Tebori is a form of “hand-poke” traditional Japanese tattooing. The procedure uses a distinctive tebori tool, which may be made of porous materials and may be fabricated in-house. This inquiry sought information on the practice of tebori and/or other forms of traditional tattooing, with the aim of understanding how such techniques could be adapted into conventional practice.


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Adverse effects after medical, commercial, or self-administered colon cleansing procedures

In alternative health practice, colon hydrotherapy, colonic lavage, or simply colonics typically refer to procedures that introduce water or solutions into the colon. Medical case reports have raised concern that this procedure may carry risk of harm due to infection or injury, such as tears or perforation of the bowel wall. This inquiry sought information regarding the frequency of such adverse effects, and how environmental health practitioners help reduce them.

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