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Iodoform usage safe?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 35 years experience
For What?: Iodoform has been used as an antiseptic for almost 200 years. Iodoform-impregnated gauze is often used to pack open wounds, especially after abscess drainage. While it is effective to stop bleeding, it actually impedes healing. Therefore, despite its medicinal smell, i prefer to avoid using it except to temporarily control bleeding from an abscess cavity.
Dr. Robert Dorsey
37 years experience
Yes and no: Iodoform contains bismuth which impedes wound healing. Iodosorb and iodoflex are safe for wound healing.
Last updated Dec 11, 2013
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