Iodine vs. Alcohol for Catheters
by John Doe
Cannot help but noticed the incorrect information you have posted on your website:
First, alcohol should never be used as a disinfectant for catheter procedures. This is for two reasons: First, contrary to popular belief, isopropyl alcohol takes anywhere from 15 to 45 min. to function as a antimicrobial agent. Secondly, alcohol will irritate the mucous membranes and will sting like all hell. The best way to accomplish good sterile procedure with this is to wear gloves, disinfect the external urethra with povidone iodine, and to use a new, sterile catheter with each and every procedure.
Thanks for the suggestion. I have never had a problem with alcohol and it is what the hospital used. But yes iodine is an excellent choice.