The Use of Povidone Iodine Antiseptic Solution Can Also Help in Distinction Between Superficial and Deep Burns

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Povidone iodine is an effective antiseptic solution. Skin prepping with VideneR-antiseptic solution contains 10% w/w cutaneous solution Iodinated Povidone (Ecolab Ltd., Lotherton Way, Leeds, United Kingdom) preoperatively is routinely performed at our regional burn service. Povidone iodine stains the normal skin and the deep burns whereas it does not stain the superficial burns. The full thickness and deep dermal burns are dry, therefore the betadine sticks to the surface whereas on the contrary the superficial burns exudate. This helps in mapping deep dermal and full thickness burns before performing early tangential excision.
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