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The Effectiveness of Povidone-Iodine, Savlon and Chlorhexidine as Pre-Operative Vaginal Disinfectants

  • N. M. Duignan
  • J. D. Williams
  • P. A. Lowe
Part of the Chemotherapy book series (CT, volume 3)

Summary

The effectiveness of Povidone-iodine, Savlon and chlorhexidine as pre-operative vaginal disinfectants was assessed by both in vivo and in vitro studies. Povidone-iodine removed 92% of pathogens present in vaginal aspirates and Savlon removed 88%, aqueous chlorhexidine removed only 46% of organisms and this difference was highly significant (p< 0.001). In vitro killing of Bacteroides fragilis occurred rapidly in dilute solution of povidone-iodine and on overnight culture in 1/100,000 chlorhexidine and 1/10,000 Savlon; the greatest reduction was obtained by a 2min preparation with povidone-iodine.

Keywords

Pelvic Surgery Anaerobic Culture Anaerobic Organism Vaginal Flora Bacteroides Fragilis 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • N. M. Duignan
    • 1
  • J. D. Williams
    • 1
  • P. A. Lowe
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Dept. of MicrobiologyBirmingham and Midland Hospital for Women and Dudley Road HospitalBirminghamEngland

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