If you have to apply a nonsterile ointment to a child or any person you may be caring for, and it only needs to be applied to a small area, instead of donning a pair of gloves you can use a square of plastic wrap over one finger and massage it onto the area. This will make sure that it gets to the area intended, keeps it off of your hands, and allows you to use a smaller amount. And the ointment will not stick to the plastic wrap like it would to a cotton tip or gauze pad.—TERI KNIGHT, RN, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. (212-2)


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