Micropigmentation – Infection Prevention and Control
What Do I Need to Do Before I Start Micropigmentation?
- Cover all light fixtures, spray bottles and parts of the micropigmentation pen/machine that cannot be cleaned and disinfected (e.g. the cord). Use single-use plastic wrap. A new plastic wrap must be used for each client.
- The parts of the micropigmentation pen that can be reused must first be cleaned and then disinfected between clients. Use a high-level disinfectant. Toronto Public Health highly recommends that you use pens or machines that use pre-packaged, sterile, single-use parts.
- The part of the pen that holds the needle must be sterile. These “needle holders or tips” should be purchased pre-packaged, sterile and single-use.
- Clean and disinfect headrests, worktables, and chairs between clients. Use a low-level disinfectant.
- Inspect the area of the skin that will be treated for inflammation or a rash. Avoid permanent makeup treatment within 6 inches of skin that is inflamed, infected or with a rash.
- Clean your hands before putting on single-use disposable gloves and after removing gloves.
- Use a new pair of single-use disposable gloves for each client.
- Clean the area of the skin with an approved antiseptic such as 70% isopropyl alcohol. Use a disposable swab.
- Dispense creams, lotions, ointments, and ink in a manner that prevents contamination.
- If a razor is required to shave the area, it must be sterile and discarded immediately after use into an approved sharps container. Sharps containers cannot be discarded with municipal garbage.
Do I Need to Keep Client Records?
- Yes. Record the client’s name, address, telephone number, date and type of procedure, and record the name of the person who will provide the service.
- Keep records for instruments or needles purchased as pre-packaged and sterile for tracking purposes.
- Keep client records and accidental exposures on-site for at least one year and on file for at least 5 years.
What Do I Need to Know About the Ink Caps and Ink?
- Toronto Public Health recommends using disposable ink caps. Clean and disinfect the ink caps before using. Use an intermediate-level disinfectant such as 70% isopropyl alcohol.
- Discard disposable ink caps after each client. Discard any leftover ink. Use a new disposable ink cap if additional ink is required during the procedure.
- All reusable ink caps must be sterilized between clients.
- If an ink cap holder is used, it must be cleaned and disinfected between clients. Use a high-level disinfectant.
Do I Need to Give Aftercare Instructions?
- Yes. Every client should be told and receive written information on how to care for their permanent makeup and what they should do if it becomes red, swollen or uncomfortable.
- Blood and Body Fluid Exposures
- Cleaning instruments
- Disinfection of Instruments & Equipment
- Hand Hygiene
- Reporting failed spore results
- Routine Infection Control Practices
- Sterilization of Instruments & Equipment
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