Original Publication
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Teaching Incision and Drainage of Abscess

Published: March 14, 2014 | 10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9736

Included in this publication:

  • Instructor's Guide for Teaching Incision and Drainage of Abcess.doc
  • How to Make an Abscess.doc
  • Incision and Drainage of Abcess Post-test.docx
  • Grading for Incision and Drainage of Abcess Test Pretest.docx
  • Checklist for ID of Abscess.doc
  • Informed Consent for ID of Abscess.doc
  • Frequently Asked Questions about I&D of Abcess.doc
  • Incision and Drainage of Abcess Pretest.docx
  • Educational Impact of Pre- and Post-testing.docx

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Abstract

Introduction: This module provides instruction on how to teach the incision and drainage of the cutaneous abscess. It is best intended for application in small groups and can be applied in interdisciplinary team-based learner settings. Methods: This teaching module utilizes simulation techniques to improve learner competence. It is designed to allow the instructor to create a simulation-based curriculum for learners at any level of training for teaching incision and drainage of the cutaneous abscess. It provides instruction on making low-cost simulated models as well as tools and tips for implementation of the course. Additionally, this module provides the instructor with pre- and posttesting tools, a procedure checklist, and tools for teaching informed consent. The module takes about 90 minutes to complete. Results: The pre- and posttests for this module were given to third-year medical students, who demonstrated a significant improvement in their ability to list the equipment needed and the essential steps of the procedure. Most learners also felt that it was a valuable learning experience that should be provided to all third-year medical students. Discussion: Benefits of this model of teaching incision and drainage of abscesses include little expense of materials (approximately $1.00 per abscess) and minimal odor due to the use of toothpaste as “pus.”


Educational Objectives

By the end of this module, learners will be able to perform the incision and drainage of a cutaneous abscess.


Author Information

  • Megan Freeman, MD: The University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio
  • Patricia Wathen: The University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio
  • Justin Williams: The University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio
  • Maggie Zhang: The University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio

Disclosures
None to report.

Funding/Support
None to report.



Citation

Freeman M, Wathen P, Williams J, Zhang M. Teaching incision and drainage of abscess. MedEdPORTAL. 2014;10:9736. https://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9736