Whats the Red Liquid thing used in Surgery??

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Whats the Red Liquid thing used in Surgery??
« on: 24/04/2009 23:09:52 »
Hey,

After watching numerous operations on TV im wondering what the red, blood looking liquid is they rub on say a fat person before they cut? And whats its purpose?

Thanks, Mike

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Whats the Red Liquid thing used in Surgery??
« Reply #1 on: 24/04/2009 23:20:41 »
Hey,

After watching numerous operations on TV im wondering what the red, blood looking liquid is they rub on say a fat person before they cut? And whats its purpose?

Thanks, Mike

Hi Mike

I think you mean the disinfectant they swab on some skin before incision? Its povidone-iodie or PVP-1.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Povidone-iodine


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Whats the Red Liquid thing used in Surgery??
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Thanks Variola!!

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Whats the Red Liquid thing used in Surgery??
« Reply #3 on: 27/04/2009 22:02:19 »
There are two possibilities. If the stuff you have seen is bright red then it is probably chlorhexidine; if it's browny-red then it's probably iodine.

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