Tutorial: Cosmetic Tattoo Hand Piece Covering

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Amiea Linelle Supreme Hand Piece


Publication Details

Published: 07/01/2013


Abstract: Your cosmetic tattoo hand piece could become contaminated with your client’s bodily fluids during a procedure and as most hand piece motors are not autoclavable it is important to disinfect your and to cover your hand piece to prevent cross infection

by Andrea Darby - Master Trainer

Your cosmetic tattoo hand piece could become contaminated with your client’s bodily fluids during a tattoo procedure and as most hand piece motors are not autoclavable it is important to disinfect your handpiece before and after procedures and to cover the hand piece during the procedure.


Many cosmetic Tattooists that I have spoken to are reluctant to cover their hand piece with tube sleeve because they complain that the tube sleeve is often loose and ill-fitting , does not provide an adequate barrier near the needle, and they are concerned about the hand piece slipping in their hand during a procedure.


The following procedure provides the best hand piece covering system that I have found so far, I developed the method several years ago, in conjunction with our Registered Health Practitioner after one of our routine procedural audits, with the intent of minimising the risk of fomite mediated cross contamination. The procedure is suitable for both digital and rotary hand pieces (provided you are using a foot switch to operate the machine).

The illustrations below are demonstrated on an Amiea Linelle Supreme hand piece.


Equipment Required


Ideally all equipment used would be pre-packed sterile supplies but if you have difficulty obtaining sterile equipment and you find that items such as machine covers and tube sleeve are only available as clean items then you will need to disinfect your clean supplies at each step as indicated on the instructions further below.

Tip: In our tutorial we are using 70% Isopropyl Alcohol to disinfect our supplies, other suitable disinfectants may also be substituted depending on your local health regulations. If you do substitute with another disinfectant make sure that it will not corrode your hand piece before using it.

  • 2 Pieces of adhesive tape approximately 3cm in length

  • 1 latex machine cover

  • 1 Length of tube sleeve approximately 400-500mm in length

Cosmetic Tattoo Hand Piece Covering Illustration 01 

 

Setup Steps


  1. Wash your hands and prepare your equipment.

  2. Disinfect your handpiece and cable, tube sleeve and latex machine cover with a large 70% isopropyl alcohol wipe and place on a disinfected procedure surface and leave for a few minutes till dry.

  3. Attach your pieces of adhesive tape to the tube sleeve one at the end and the other at about the 10cm point or about 2/3 of the way along the hand piece from the end.

    Cosmetic Tattoo Hand Piece Covering Illustration 02

  4. Insert the hand piece into the tube sleeve.

    Cosmetic Tattoo Hand Piece Covering Illustration 03


  5. Fold the tube sleeve firmly around the hand piece and hold in place with the adhesive tape. Start with the tape closest to the needle end of the hand piece first then wind the tube sleeve around and once the tube sleeve feels as if it is attached tightly attach the second adhesive strip.

     Cosmetic Tattoo Hand Piece Covering Illustration 04

  6. If needed apply another piece of adhesive tape between the two already applied.

  7. Disinfect the outside of the tube sleeve again with a large 70% isopropyl alcohol wipe and place on your disinfected procedure surface for a few minutes to dry.

  8. Wash your hands and put on your sterile gloves.

  9. Attach your Creatip needle chamber to the hand piece.

  10. Roll the latex machine cover over the needle chamber and pull downwards so that the chamber pierces the end of the cover allowing the opening you have made to slide over the needle chamber.

    Cosmetic Tattoo Hand Piece Covering Illustration 05

  11. Once the opening in the latex cover reaches the base of the Creatip needle chamber continue unrolling the cover over the tube sleeve until it is completely unrolled.

    Cosmetic Tattoo Hand Piece Covering Illustration 06

  12. Wipe your latex machine cover and tube sleeve over with a large isopropyl alcohol wipe and once dry your handpiece setup is ready for use.


    You will note that this setup provides a high degree of protection for the handpiece and cable from contamination with blood and other bodily fluids during the tattoo procedure.

    Cosmetic Tattoo Hand Piece Covering Illustration 07

 

Disassembly Steps

 

On completion of your procedure you will want to disassemble the handpiece cover and needle without contaminating the handpiece.

  Cosmetic Tattoo Hand Piece Covering Illustration 08

 

  1. Unroll the latex machine cover back towards the creatip needle chamber.

  2. Roll the latex machine cover onto the creatip needle chamber.

    Cosmetic Tattoo Hand Piece Covering Illustration 09
  3. Untwist the base of the creatip needle chamber and dispose of the used creatip and latex cover into your sharps container.

    Cosmetic Tattoo Hand Piece Covering Illustration 10

  4. Grasp the machine cable with a clean paper towel or gauze and gently slide the tube sleeve off of the handpiece.

    NB. Do not apply excessive tension to the cable or you may damage it!


    Cosmetic Tattoo Hand Piece Covering Illustration 11

  5. Once removed your tube sleeve can be disposed of into your clinical waste bin.

    Cosmetic Tattoo Hand Piece Covering Illustration 12

  6. Dispose of your procedure gloves, wash your hands and apply a clean pair of disposable gloves then disinfect your handpiece and cable with a large 70% isopropyl alcohol wipe.


By following careful hygiene standards you protect both yourself and your clients from the risks of cross infections.

This tutorial is not intended to cover all the hygiene steps for a procedure setup or cleanup but it should provide you a hygienic way of covering your handpiece to help prevent one potential avenue for fomite mediated cross infections.


Regards,

Andrea Darby
International Master Trainer:
Cosmetic & Medical Tattooist
Medical Camouflage Makeup Specialist

Cosmetic Tattoo Master Trainer


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