That is what I have decided to do—-wash hands with warm water and soap, rinse thoroughly and dry with paper towel. Thanks for your input.According to the manual for the Coag-Sense PT2 meter,
If Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA)wipesare used, wipe the fingerstick site with a gauze pad and make sure the site is completely dry. If any alcohol remains (or is re-introduced) on the finger, it may cause unreliable results.
Do not use wipes containing chlorhexidine gluconate, as it may produce unreliable results."
For me, a rinse in warm water (and maybe a small amount of soap) and drying the hand with a paper towel are all the prep that I use. So far, I haven't gotten any infections and my fingers haven't fallen off.