Nov 5, 2010
If you are an EM:RAP listener, this is the video I talked about in the November episode on abscess managment. It goes through the steps of a new technique for draining a cutaneous abscess as described in this article.
I am a huge fan of this procedure and use it on most abscesses that I would have otherwise packed. Why I like it: there is no packing to change, the incisions stay open because of the drain and the incisions themselves are much smaller than we historically use.
The original video has footage of the loop drainage being done on an actual abscess but that is currently under review for HIPPA compliance and all that goodness. When the dust settles, I'll re-post with the original movie.