The chemical antiseptic chlorhexidine does a better job than povidone-iodine in reducing the risk of surgical site infections, even in carriers of Staphylococcus aureus, according to two new randomized studies.
Researchers in the U.S. found that chlorhexidine and alcohol, used for preoperative skin cleansing, reduced infections by 41% compared with povidone-iodine.
And Dutch investigators found that screening and decolonizing patients who are nasal carriers of S. aureus, combined with washing with chlorhexidine soap, reduced the risk of infection by 58%
This study was recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine…. how long will it take for the medical community to alter its current pattern of iodine use? Data shows that it takes more than 15 years for mainstream changes in medicine to be occur. That’s a lot of infections…