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.