My husband is insulin dependent diabetic and takes two shots of insulin a say. Initially we used to buy the BD Alcohol Swabs, which ran around $2.25, for 100 individually wrapped swabs. Since then, we have either been getting a no-name brand free, with his H.M.O., or purchasing Reli On brand. Although the H.M.O. ones are free they take off $4.00 from his allowance for them. However, I did notice on the new sheet from them, that we will be getting the BD Swabs in future.
So right now we buy the Reli On brand, from Super Wal-Mart, for 98 cents. You just can’t beat the price at less an a cent per swab. They come in a small box, four and a half inches x two and a three quarter inches, and three inches in depth. The box is white with the information written in black. The Reli On logo is white on a blue background.
Alcohol Swabs are used by diabetes for two purposes. Firstly to clean the finger, or area, where the blood sugar reading will be taken. Secondly, at the area where the syringe goes in, to take the insulin shot.
The reason for using these are to clean the area with an antiseptic. These two-ply little squares are one and a quarter inches x one and a quarter inches. They are in an individual foil wrapping. When you tear the top of the wrapper, and pull out the swap, immediately you smell the alcohol. When you pick it up, it is also full of the alcohol. It is wet to the touch, but only sufficient, to do it’s job. As stated it is a double layer, which means you can open the side so it is twice as long. The material they use is strong, so it took me a couple of attempts, to be able to tear it.
My husband uses these several times a day, with checking his sugar levels 3 times, and the 2 injections. I use them every three months when I do a sugar check at home.
I had a phone message the other day from a lady that takes care of the elderly. She asked “What she could do about a gentleman, that had a sugar reading, of over 400”. I phoned her back immediately I got the message, and she told me that she took a reading 30 minutes later, and it was fine. My first question to her was, “Did she use an alcohol swab to clean the finger before doing the check. She told me “No”. I told her that as this gentleman is wheelchair bound, it would be impossible to go down on its own, in that short time. I informed her that she should always use a alcohol swab, before doing his sugar check. After all, at the Reli On price, is really is a no brainer.
Reli On state on their product:
“Directions; Wipe vigorously to clean the area.
Warnings: For external use only.
Active ingredients: Isopropyl Alcohol 70%
Inactive ingredients: Water
Store at room temperature”
There is a pull tab on the front of the box and then the top lifts up. There are 50 double packets in the box, which are perforated in the middle. Each contains 1 double pad. After using, the top flap of the box slides into the front of the box, to keep it closed.
Reli On is a trademark used under license by Tyco Healthcare Kendall.
For questions or comments telephone 1-888-922-0400.