Let me quibble for a moment with the assertion that iodine (as in
Betadine Solution) is toxic to tissues. I have heard many surgeons express
this as fact, but it is not, to my knowledge, substantiated by the literature.
A misreading of the studies I think has led to propagation of this myth.
One study (Rodeheaver Arch Surg 1982 117:181) showed Betadine
SCRUB but not Betadine Solution impaired wound healing. This effect was
attributed to the detergents in the scrub and not the iodine. Another
study (Faddis J Trauma 1977;17:895) showed 10% iodine caused toxic
effects when injected into rabbit cartilage but the 1% iodine solution
had almost no effect. Betadine is 10% povidone iodine, which is 1% iodine.
Gravett (Annals EM 1987 16:167) showed cleansing with Betadine
Solution and leaving in the wound reduced infection rates, and did not
impair wound healing. I use Betadine in wounds and, absent new data,
would like to see the unsubstantiated assertions end.
St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
On Tue, 5 Mar 1996, DR MARTIN I HERMAN wrote:
> -- [ From: Martin Herman * EMC.Ver #2.10P ] --
> I am not aware that a study has looked at the amount, but the article
> that did generate the 19g needle on a 30 ml syringe did have a volume
> in its methods section ( I think)
> Anyway, there is alot of discussion on what type of fluid is used. I
> generally use NS. AS Iodine has been shown to be cytotoxic,
> Just a few thoughts,
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