Pin-site care:Povidone (polyvinylpyrrolidone)-iodine versus cleansing without antibiotic regime
02 January 2012 (online)
Evidence from three randomized controlled trials failed to show a difference in infection rates for care of pin sites treated with povidone (polyvinylpyrrolidone)-iodine compared with pin sites treated with cleansing without an antibiotic regime. Two trials used the number of pin sites as the denominator for rates of infection, and slightly favored the use of povidone-iodine to reduce infections; one trial used numbers of patients to calculate the infection rate and showed the opposite outcome, with a higher incidence of infections in those patients treated with povidone-iodine. Additional randomized controlled trials may clarify these results.