ChloraPrep Allergies? - page 2

Recently (appx. 3 months ago), one of our orthopod groups decided to switch to ChloraPrep for all of their Duraprep-prep cases, after reading an article on its effectiveness. But they're noticing... Read More

  1. by   SkipBeat
    Our ortho and general docs use chloroprep quite a bit. Haven't had any problems with it at all. I know it's important to let it dry completely before draping which will help with ioban sticking. Besides that, I haven't heard of any patients having allergic reactions to it.
  2. by   jeckrn
    We use Chloraprep on 90% of our cases and have not seen or heard about any reactions. ALso no problem with the Ioban peeling. Not sure why some hospitals have issues and others dont. I had recent surgery with Chloraprep without a sign of redness/rash etc in the prep area.
  3. by   sauconyrunner
    We are using chloraprep almost exclusively for surgeries, and have noted a big decline in infections for our total joints. It does have to dry 100% before draping. And some surgeons did not like the clear because they could not see it.

    I had Chloraprep for pre-operative testing (injections under flouroscopy and then a big long hip labrum repair.) did not have a reaction to the prep, did have one to the op-site.

    It seems silly that any company would claim, and that we would believe that a prep would not cause allergies or problems in some persons. Someone is always allergic to something.
  4. by   kids
    Original thread is 5-6 years old.
    I wonder if the manufacturer changed something in the formulation in the mean time.
  5. by   sauconyrunner
    Quote from kids
    Original thread is 5-6 years old.
    I wonder if the manufacturer changed something in the formulation in the mean time.
    Oh wow Kids, I did not even note the date. I imagine they have. Chloraprep is now available in teal or tan or clear, and the color now is not as bright as it was before. I wonder if they reduced the amt of dye in it....
  6. by   NicuGal
    We use chlorprep on our have to make sure that you get it all off after the procedure or it will cause skin problems. We have one that is tinted so we can see where it runs (for our umbilical line placements) for art sticks and CVL care we make sure to let it dry and then wipe it off with steril sali-wipes. We have had a few cases, before we had tinted, that the prep didn't get washed off and it burned their skin, to the degree that we had to involve burn clinic. And this wasn't only on preemies, but on bigger kids we have had for a while.

    I didn't notice the date too lol But still, wonder if people are still having issues!
  7. by   gwendelyn
    I'm a new OR nurse in the OR residency. I learned that Chloraprep can't be used in mucous membranes..Gyn, ENT.etc. So far I haven't seen a problem with it used in ortho.
  8. by   polopatient
    Sept. 2012
    Although the original thread is several years old…...people are still having adverse reactions to ChloraPrep. Of course you will only hear from the small percentage that have trouble with it because there’s no reason for anyone else to be investigating this product. I've stumbled upon this thread as a patient having had recent abdominal surgery. Surgically everything went great. By the 5th day post-op what I thought was a bit of prickly heat was a definitive allergic reaction. I treated with hydrocortisone and Benadryl. By day seven I needed steroid treatment; my entire abdomen was red/purple, inflamed, and itched like I had chicken pox. Unfortunately I do not do well on oral steroids so I was prescribed a steroid cream and antihistamine. The symptoms lasted five more days and then my arms and legs started to break out. Fortunately the whole thing resolved after 3 more days of constant antihistamine use.

    I understand that very few people have an adverse reaction. The down side is that for those that do, it really adds insult to injury when trying to recover. I wish that I’d had a skin test of this product a couple days prior to surgery based on my general allergic profile (penicillin, sulfa, seasonal, and yes…pool chlorine).