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Trick of the Trade: High volume irrigation of abscesses

Posted Oct 16 2012 12:00am

Large-sized abscess often have pus trapped in deep crevices and pockets. Irrigation can help express the pus. How can you set up a high-volume irrigation system?

Trick of the Trade:
Administer normal saline through a pressure IV bag and irrigate using an 18 gauge angiocatheter.

Thanks to Dr. Julian Villar (EM resident at UCSF-SFGH) for the idea and action photo! Read his insightful comments in the Comments section.

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