This week I had the unfortunate opportunity to see an eyeliner video posted and re-posted over and over in my PMU groups on Facebook. In the video, the woman doing the liner tattoo was not wearing gloves, and had dirty black pigment-stained fingernails... Here is a screenshot directly from that video:
This is my face after watching that video:
All jokes aside, it is truly horrifying to think of what infectious diseases that woman is probably passing on to her clients. Her machine is not covered either.
Here is a question for you:
Did you know that just wearing gloves is not enough? If you TOUCH anything reusable with your gloves after you touch your client during a procedure, you could be cross-contaminating that surface!
During my procedures I remove my gloves every time I need to touch anything that is not disposable, for example if I have to open a drawer I will remove my glove from my right hand, open the drawer, grab what I need and then re-glove before starting to work again. If I need to leave the room, I MUST remove my gloves, wash hands, and then wash hands upon entering again, and re-glove. I average 25 gloves per PMU service, if not more. My clients probably wonder why I change my gloves so often, this is why! In my opinion, it is better to be safe than sorry. I also have two setups: one with only disposables and sometimes my covered machine, and one with anything that may be re-used, such as my pigments. If I need to get more pigment, I unglove, squeeze out pigment into a disposable pigment cup or ring, then reglove, etc. Then I clean all of my pigment bottles or anything re-usable on my workstation with cavicide. It is imperative that your workstation remain clean and Bloodborne Pathogen-free!
The following is a post, shared with permission by Kathleen Cronin, a CPCP trainer and RN in New York. If you are a consumer, please read and understand that bloodborne pathogens are a very real danger even if your artist is gloved:
"Mini Rant... infection control and cross-contamination when artists have gloves on... I just watched a very long video of an artist from start to finish... great work, but, complete breaks in basic aseptic technique with gloves on.
She put on gloves (great) but then proceeded to touch everything around her with the gloves, then work on the client, touch surfaces, lights, iPhone, work on the client, touch her mask, etc. This is a complete break in aseptic (this is not about sterile) technique.
This artist had NO barrier under the client's head, no barrier on the chest area and a big ole blanket up to the neck.
You may not see it happening, but, there IS blood splatter when you work...especially when you tap with hand shaders.
Gloves should be worn to set up a tray...then discarded Fresh Gloves are worn to start the procedure. Discard the gloves before touching ANYTHING off the tray. FRESH gloves to begin again.
NOTHING that is reusable should ever be on your tray...except barrier wrapped machine... no bottles of pigments, no wash bottles that are not completely covered in barrier film, eye drops bottle... etc. If it is barrier wrapped, no part of the unwrapped item should make any contact with a contaminant (Blood and fluids).
Calipers and tools that are reused need to be cleaned with hospital grade disinfectant and that needs at least 10 minutes from wet to dry to work or they need to be sterilized.
If you need to touch ANYTHING off your clean tray, you must remove the contaminated gloves. Anything you touch with gloves is contaminated... including your face mask, your hair, your chair, your headlight, your lights... unless these things are covered in Barrier film or plastic.
You may NOT adjust your lights with contaminated gloves UNLESS the lights are barrier covered. That holds true for your headlamp, chair and your tray if it is not completely covered including the sides. Covering just the top of the tray is not enough.
If you touch any surface that is not barrier protected, and then touch your client with opened skin, you introduce bacteria/pathogens into those open areas... think of how many punctures or cuts have been made into the skin beyond the epidermis... the layer that protects us.
Fresh gloves MUST be put on BEFORE you touch the client and if you touch anything after you begin work. ANYTHING
Your hair should be covered or pulled back...there should NEVER be hanging hair near your clients face or in your work space...ever.
Now I know many do this too, but, bare forearms should be free of all jewelry or covered...the forearms and jewelry can easily get contaminated with BBP’s too and are you going to clean those between clients? I wear disposable sleeve protectors or a gown.
We are not there to look pretty or cool... we are supposed to protect our clients and ourselves.
Have extra gloves out and ready to change... I can go through 5 sets so easy during a procedure... If I need something while I am working, if I stop to take photos, if I adjust my glasses or anything I touch that is not barrier protected, I change my gloves.
I am tired of hearing that tattoo procedures are not "Medical" procedures... NO...they are not... BUT, when you break the skin, you need to take the proper precautions as though it were.
MRSA can kill you STAPH can kill you Hepatitis can kill you
The list goes on.
This is SERIOUS people... you can NOT see germs...
This artist has now been seen by who knows how many people and her visual message is one of gross cross-contamination.
If you have not refreshed on Blood Borne Pathogen protocol, I highly suggest you do. Take the course again, get the newest Infection Control manual from SPCA or Softap...but please just refresh your knowledge.
Anything you post, especially if you are a known artist and respected artist, will be a non-verbal visual message and OK to others...especially new people who think anything you do is cool and right!
https://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/hand-hygiene/gloved-hands-surfaces-are-common-culprits-cross-contamination?fbclid=IwAR1J0ltbugp8qUqchZ4Rv5t767oUNE_LpPq_P7jHrxCTBXpaXyv_jVxjcBQ "--Kathleen Cronin
Also, as a sidenote, I wanted to talk about the difference between fully disposable microblades with attached handles, and just plain disposable microblades. If your artist shows you a clean little microblade in a sterile package like this:
...and talks about how sanitary and safe you are, but then proceeds to attach it to a metal handle, like this:
THE HANDLE MAY BE INFECTED WITH BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS. It is not legal in California to re-use a microblading handle without first Autoclaving the handle. Ask to see the microblader's autoclave room. Yes, you need a whole separate ROOM to autoclave your reusable items. Not many microbladers have the space for this, nor do they care enough to do what's right. It is much easier to just get fully sterilized, completely disposable microblades in a handle and toss them in the Sharps container when you are done. No muss, no fuss. Also, Permanent Makeup machines and tattoo machines MUST BE COVERED with barrier film, like this:
Thank you for reading, everyone! Remember, most microbladers are not trained properly and don't care enough to spend the extra five cents on a new pair of gloves to keep
you safe! Do your homework and be an informed consumer!