Growing role of Cadexomer Iodine in wound care: Review
Iodine, a natural element of the halogen group, is an essential nutrient in the body. It possesses antiseptic properties and hence has been used throughout history in wound care. Iodine is a dark metallic crystalline solid (1) and is a component of the hormone thyroxine which aids in physical and mental development (2). As iodides, it is found in the seaweed and kelp. Its discovery was serendipitous by Barnard Courtois while manufacturing gun powder. Gay-Lussac named the new element 'iode' (Greek-ioeides) meaning violet (3).
There are various formulations of Iodine available presently. The most common ones include Povidone Iodine, Inadine, and Cadexomer iodine. Povidone-iodine is a combination of molecular iodine and polyvinylpyrrolidone surfactant/iodine complex having free Iodine at approximately 1 ppm. Inadine consists of a knitted viscose fabric impregnated with a polyethylene glycol base containing 10% povidone-iodine equivalent to 1% available iodine. Cadexomer-iodine contains 0.9% iodine within a three-dimensional starch lattice, formed into spherical microbeads.
Cadexomer Iodine is an effective debridement and antiseptic agent for chronic exudative wounds.
Studies showed cadexomer iodine to be as effective as or more effective than standard treatments
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