The goal of this study is to examine patients undergoing incision and drainage of cutaneous abscesses to determine if routine packing of the abscess cavity affects the need for further interventions such as repeat incision and drainage, antibiotic administration or hospital admission.
Is Routine Packing of Cutaneous Abscesses Necessary?
Identification of a patient with a cutaneous abscess requiring incision and drainage
Written consent obtained from the patient
Study materials will be obtained
Enrolling physician fills out pre-procedure information (see data sheet)
Enrollment data sheet has instructions indicating whether patient is to receive packing or not
Use of random number generator to randomize all packets
Provider does abscess incision and drainage with or without packing according to the instructions
Enrolling physician fills out post-procedure information (see data sheet)
Patient returns within 48 hours for wound check with removal of packing if performed
Research coordinator or study physician calls the patient within 14 and 30 days after the procedure for follow-up
Information from a return visit and/or the telephone follow-up
You can join if…
Open to people ages 18 years and up
All patients 18 years of age and above
Patients that require a cutaneous abscess incision and drainage
English-speaking subjects only
You CAN'T join if...
Unable to return for 48-hour follow-up.
Patients being admitted to the hospital or going to the operating room for incision and drainage
Patients less than 18 years of age
Prisoners or persons in police custody
Patients with infected bursa
Non-English speaking subjects
Community Regional Medical Centeraccepting new patients Fresno, California, 93701, United States