What is the role of povidone-iodine solution in the treatment of pressure injuries (pressure ulcers)?

Updated: Mar 26, 2020
  • Author: Christian N Kirman, MD; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, MSc, DSc, AGAF  more...
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Povidone-iodine solution can be used to debride infected wounds. Although the effervescent action of hydrogen peroxide results in wound débridement, it is not recommended for frequent or long-term use in pressure injuries, because it indiscriminately removes necrotic material and fragile granulation tissue and because it and other cleansing agents have been found to be toxic to fibroblasts. [127, 128, 10]


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