Is it true that rubbing alcohol was used and might still be used in hospitals to give patients a back rub and does it lower a temperature?
I have never seen alcohol used to give a back rub. It is going to be damaging to the patients skin integrity. It will probably lower temperature, but so will cool water. So i would have to say that they wouldn't use that in hospitals to lower temperature, because there are better ways to lower temps.
It sounds like you're talking about : "Rubbing Alcohol". ..You can smell this stuff in the air alot of times in hospitals, evaperates pretty quickly, and is colorless. ...This chemical is always use in hospitals when doctors or nurses gives their patients a shot. .. You can buy this stuff at pharmacies or in grocery stores, in the pharmaceutical section.
Isopropyl (or methyl) alcohol (or possibly ethyl alcohol) normally has the name "rubbing alcohol" applied to it. It is alcohol suitable for external use only; it's not safe for consumption. It is packaged with a bit of water, and the alcohol content varies from one manufacturer to another. It's between 70% and 95% alcohol depending who the supplier is. Rubbing alcohol can be used as a cooling rub for patients, or as an antiseptic. Note…
I would not recommend first using hyrdogen peroxide to loosen up any material that may be in the ear and then sparingly use the rubbing alcohol to kill any outer ear infection and dry out any liquid in the ear (rubbing alcohol evaporates at body temperature). You can use rubbing alcohol in very small amounts to dry water in your ear. However, it will also leave your ear very dry and itchy.