Paying lip service on examination

Cleaning dermatoscope glass with alcohol wipes after each use is probably adequate when the instrument is only making contact with a lesion in an armpit, but if the next patient requires examination of their lip, something stronger may be in order.

Dr Andrew Montanari of Newcastle, NSW, uses any handy, clear plastic, such as a syringe wrapper, as a barrier – sterile side touching the lip. Apply the usual oil to the glass and ask the patient to wet their lip.

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