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Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2004 Aug;25(8):696-8.

Povidone-iodine ointment and gauze dressings associated with reduced catheter-related infection in seriously ill neurosurgical patients.

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  • 1Department of Neurosurgery, Saiseikai Kanagawaken Hospital, Yokohama City, Japan.


Povidone-iodine ointment and gauze covered by transparent dressings were compared with transparent dressings alone in historical controls (both changed twice weekly) in neurosurgical patients needing catheter placement for prolonged periods. Colonization and bloodstream infection were both reduced with the new method (P < .01 and P = .062, respectively).

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