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Lancet. 1985 Mar 9;1(8428):563-5.

Bladder irrigation with povidone-iodine in prevention of urinary-tract infections associated with intermittent urethral catheterisation.


Bladder irrigation with povidone-iodine in the prevention of urinary-tract infections after single or intermittent urethral catheterisation was investigated in a controlled study. In the control group (36 patients) the catheter was removed after urethral catheterisation and emptying of the bladder, and in the trial group (42 patients) 50 ml povidone-iodine 2% was instilled and allowed to drain immediately before removal of the catheter. The incidence of bacteriuria was 28% in the control group and 4% in the povidone-iodine group. After the introduction of bladder irrigation with povidone-iodine in the orthopaedic department of Leiden University Hospital the incidence of hospital-acquired bacteriuria fell from 6.9% to 3.7%.

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