FAK #3

Is Betadine a Good Choice for Wound Treatment?

Question: Is Betadine a suitable choice for wound treatment in wilderness first aid situations?

Survival Med’s Answer: Betadine is valuable, but its use should be specific. For routine scrapes and cuts, liquid antibacterial soap is preferable. Betadine, a virucidal agent, is appropriate for cleansing animal bites and disinfecting instruments, especially in the wilderness. Although less common in basic first-aid kits, it’s easily portable in smaller bottles and is effective against fungi, viruses, and bacteria per the CDC. A recommended mix involves 1 part 10% Betadine solution to 3 parts water for soaking instruments. Soak them for 15 minutes. And of course, always adapt wound care based on the nature and severity of injuries.