chlorhexidine vs. providone iodine - page 2

Hi All - I need your opinion. A group of us is working on a project for our BSN Nursing Research class. It is an evidence based practice paper about the use of chlorhexidine vs povidone iodine... Read More

  1. by   Magsulfate
    iluvit shows some very good points in favor of chlorhexidine. Also, one thing to consider is when using iodine you must start from the inside and work your way out as to not spread germs around. In the chorlhexidine literature it says that you can wipe it in a back and forth, round and round, it doesn't matter.. it will kill the germs just as well or better. I was taught that if you just use alchohol, you are just spreading the germs around.

    SO, take all of this information, it is very good and informative. Also, look it up! you can list pros and cons of all three of them. The chlorhexidine is by far the best thing we have out right now, to do the job.
  2. by   highlandlass1592
    Quote from Flightline
    I guess it's because it's clear and doesn't look like it's there. Of course one could make the same argument for alcohol preps. Oh, and by the way, I notice at this new place I am working that some of the chlorhexidine preps have an orange tint added to them. I don't know if that's an additional germacide or if they added it so it could be seen when applied. I must admit, I do prefer the tinted chlorhexidine preps over povidone iodine.
    The orange tint is for color not extra bactericide or so the rep told us when we were inservcied. Oh my gosh, when we first switched our OR preps, the prep was green tinted. Everyone looked like they were prepped for St. Patrick's day!!!! Nothing like trying to figure out if green extremities are from lack of perfusion or dye!LOL
  3. by   NotReady4PrimeTime
    Our bottled Soluprep is red. On the skin it's pink. Some parents are quite upset when they first see it because they think their child has either a rash or a burn. The OR gang will apply Tegaderm right over the pink skin and then the Tegaderm is dyed pink. But I do like that I can see where we've put it.

    Don't know if I'd like to have CHG used for foley insertion... would think it would sting like nobody's business! (Based on my experience getting it in paper cuts...)
  4. by   mama_d
    My facility has done away with both alcohol swabs and betadine swabs for skin prep. Both the IV start kits and the line dressing change kits come with Chloraprep; we instituted the use of biopatches about six months ago.

    Still use betadine swabsticks for Foleys though; I guess they haven't come up with a suitable replacement that can go on peri area yet. I know Hibiclens is contraindicated on peri area, I just looked it up the other day for a patient who straight caths herself and has a raging UTI as a possible alternative to soap and water.
  5. by   iluvivt
    The CHG persists for at LEAST 6 hours and may last up to 7 days. So basically this is saying you are guaranteed six hours but you may get more
  6. by   TiredMD
    Quote from Agent 007
    A group of us is working on a project for our BSN Nursing Research class. It is an evidence based practice paper about the use of chlorhexidine vs povidone iodine for disinfecting the skin prior to venipuncture.
    If it's an evidence-based study, not totally sure why you would need opinions.

    But as far as the evidence, it's pretty strongly in favor of chlorhexidine.

    The evidence is similar for the use of chlorhexidine vs iodine-based products in surgical prep as well.
  7. by   K os
    TiredMD - As my original post stated, we are to draw from our own clinical experience. As I explained, I have next to none. We were told to be creative in this section of the project if we didn't have a clinical experience from which to draw.

    Just following orders here....