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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


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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