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Acta Vulnologica 2011 September;9(3):161-7

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Efficacy of 0.05% sodium hypochlorite isotonic solution versus 10% povidone-iodine in postoperative wound cleaning and disinfection

Di Vita F. 1, Toro A. 2, Ricotta A. 2, Politi A. 2

1 Clinical Division on General Surgery, Cannizzaro Hospital, Catania, Italy 2 Department of Surgical Sciences, Organ Transplantions and Advanced Technologies, University of Catania, Cannizzaro Hospital, Catania, Italy


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Aim. The aim of the study was to compare the efficacy of electrolytic sodium hypochlorite 0.05% in isotonic solution versus 10% povidone-iodine in the postoperative cleaning and disinfection of surgical wounds.
Methods. The study population included 40 patients followed up after in-hospital general surgery or ambulatory surgery: 20 received postoperative wound treatment with 0.05% sodium hypochlorite and 20 received treatment with 10% povidone-iodine.
Results. There was no significant difference in the disinfection of postsurgical wounds was found between the two groups.
Conclusion. The use of sodium hypochlorite isotonic solution* compares favorably with 10% povidone-iodine in postsurgical disinfection of wounds, including difficult to heal wounds.

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