Good infection control starts before surgery; so does the cost-benefit analysis
If you can ignore the impending incision, there's something reassuring about having that brownish-orange povidone-iodine (usually referred to as Betadine) applied to one's skin. It's a visible reminder of the invisible germ-killing taking place. But it may not be the most effective choice.
In a study published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found that chlorhexidine-alcohol was more effective at preventing infections.
Guess which antiseptic is more expensive. Let the cost-benefit analysis begin.
-- Tami Dennis