BMJ Case Reports 2015; doi:10.1136/bcr-2014-208967

Tourniquet-associated povidone-iodine-induced chemical burns

  1. Conor Hurson
  1. Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital, Dublin, Ireland
  1. Correspondence to Dr Prasad Ellanti, prasad.ellanti{at}
  • Accepted 9 February 2015
  • Published 5 March 2015


A 75-year-old man underwent routine left total knee arthroplasty under a spinal anaesthetic. An adequately sized pneumatic tourniquet with wool padding was used and a clear adhesive drape applied circumferentially around the thigh to isolate the tourniquet. A 10% w/w povidone-iodine solution had been used to prepare the left leg. The tourniquet was inflated just prior to cementation of the implants with a tourniquet time of 40 min. The total …

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