Archive March 2007 VIII, No. 3

Eye Preps: When You Can't Use Povidone-Iodine

How to determine true iodine allergy and how to pick an alternative agent.

Jean Hill, RN, MSN, CRNO

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Lisa (Mary) Hill, RN, BSN

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When it comes to prepping for eye surgery, povidone-iodine 5% is the solution of choice.[1, 2] But what if a patient presents with a known iodine allergy or has a reaction to the PVP? It's a tough call, as many of the alternatives either aren't as effective as PVP or are toxic to the cornea.

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