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Betadine or iodine swabs/wipes, per box

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Betadine or Iodine Swabs/Wipes


Betadine or Iodine swabs/wipes are antiseptic materials used to clean and disinfect the skin, helping prevent infection in minor cuts, wounds, and surgical sites.


The main use of Betadine or Iodine swabs/wipes is to kill bacteria and reduce infection risk. The goal is to ensure that the treated area is clean, reducing the likelihood of complications or delayed healing.


  • Minor cuts, scrapes, and wounds
  • Preparation of skin before surgical procedures
  • Disinfection before injections or IV insertions


  • Ensure the skin is free of visible dirt or debris.
  • No specific pre-procedure fasting or medication adjustments are required.

Procedure Description

  1. Open the packet containing the Betadine or Iodine swab/wipe.
  2. Gently swab the area that needs cleaning.
  3. Allow the area to air dry for maximum effectiveness. Tools/Equipment: Betadine or Iodine swabs/wipes.


Less than 5 minutes per application.


Can be performed in various settings, including hospitals, outpatient clinics, and at home for minor issues.


Typically administered by nurses or medical assistants. For at-home use, patients can apply it themselves.

Risks and Complications

  • Common: Mild skin irritation or redness.
  • Rare: Allergic reactions leading to severe rashes or swelling. Contact dermatitis. Management: Discontinue use and consult a healthcare provider if severe reactions occur.


  • Rapid and effective reduction of microbial load on the skin.
  • Immediate action helps prevent infections.
  • No down-time; normal activities can be resumed immediately for minor applications.


  • No significant recovery time needed.
  • Follow-up involves watching for signs of infection like increased redness, swelling, or pus.


  • Alcohol wipes: Pros: widely available and effective; Cons: may cause more skin irritation and dryness.
  • Hydrogen peroxide: Pros: effective antiseptic; Cons: can delay healing in deep wounds.

Patient Experience

Patients may feel a mild stinging sensation when the wipe is applied. No significant discomfort is expected.

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