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.