Iodine Prep with a shellfish allergy?

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    Do you prep the face and other areas with with mucous membranes with iodine if the patient is allergic to IV dye and shellfish? If not, what is an alternative to Chloraprep?


    Thanks
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    Chloraprep does not have iodine in it. (not sure if that's what you meant)

    What about Exidine? We use that for vaginas, etc when we can not use iodine.
    Last edit by ORoxyO on Mar 3, '13
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    On questions like this, you can call your hospital pharmacy for a quick response. I think that's the safest way to care for the patient.
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    I haven't heard of Exidine. I don't think my hospital has it. I will ask though. Is it safe in the mouth? Currently we use baby shampoo for vaginal preps when patients have an allergy to iodine. I haven't found anything other than 1:1 sterile water/betadine for intra-oral procedures. Not sure about baby shampoo in the mouth. I realize that the mouth will not ever be clean. Just curious if the was anything else available. No chloraprep in the mouth.
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    If your hospital has an OR, it should carry a sterile chlorohexidine rinse that you can use on mucous membranes (they probably carry it even if they don't have an OR). Just know that if you use these, you have to use a LOT and thus it takes longer to dry.
    Baby shampoo isn't sterile and does not contain an antimicrobial, so it shouldn't be used. Plus it can really mess with the vaginal pH and possible increase the patient's risk of a UTI. Check you're hospital's policy and procedures, there should be a provision in there for sterile procedures on iodine allergic patients.
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    Quote from cjg10RN
    I haven't heard of Exidine. I don't think my hospital has it. I will ask though. Is it safe in the mouth? Currently we use baby shampoo for vaginal preps when patients have an allergy to iodine. I haven't found anything other than 1:1 sterile water/betadine for intra-oral procedures. Not sure about baby shampoo in the mouth. I realize that the mouth will not ever be clean. Just curious if the was anything else available. No chloraprep in the mouth.
    I'm not sure about oral procedures. It's been a while, but I'm pretty sure when I've done tonsils etc we didn't use any prep at all. What kind of oral procedures are you doing?

    Exidine is pretty common. Maybe you know it by the name Hibiclens. We always use it to replace iodine when a wet-prep is indicated.
    Last edit by ORoxyO on Mar 3, '13 : Reason: spelling
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    Quote from ORoxyO
    Exidine is pretty common. Maybe you know it by the name Hibiclens. We always use it to replace iodine when a wet-prep is indicated.
    Another name might be DynaHex. May not be the exact same item, but when we have a preference card stating Hibiclens, we substitute DynaHex, which is the solution we stock.

    We used to use Technicare for iodine allergies; however, we no longer stock it (if it's even available anymore- we pulled it due to a recall; not sure if that was resolved or not). Now, we use sterile saline if ChloraPrep and betadine are both contraindicated. Not bactericidal, but won't cause an allergic reaction.

    We do have a surgeon who doesn't believe in iodine allergies because, well, it is a naturally occurring element that probably can't be avoided, and the allergy isn't to the iodine itself. Instead, he will do a test patch somewhere to see if a reaction occurs.
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    Have any of you read this article referenced on Pubmed: The relationship of radiocontrast, iodine, and s... [J Emerg Med. 2010] - PubMed - NCBI I have a severe shellfish allergy, but I'm not allergic to iodine. The allergen that caused me woe was actually a protein in shellfish, not iodine.
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    Iodine preps do not affect patients with an IVP dye allergy. Needs to be washed off well because if not it makes EVERYONE itch.
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    Nope, won't do it. My best friend discovered that her shellfish allergy extended to iodine after she was prepped for a Foley with Betadine. We use Hibiclens if the patient has a betadine/shellfish allergy.


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