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, and Lisa (Mary) Hill, RN, BSN
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.