Syringe containing 0.5 percent or 1 percent lidocaine (XylocaineR).
Disposable 3 or 10 ml syringe (depending on the size of the abscess).
Disposable 25 gauge needle.
One-fourth or one-half inch iodoform or plain sterile gauze packing.
4 x 4 inch gauze pads for dressing.
Nonallergenic adhesive tape for dressing.
(10) Safety razor.
(11) Scalpel with a #11 pointed I & D blade.
(12) Hemostat (curved or straight).
(13) Plain forceps.
(14) Surgical scissors.
(15) Cotton-tipped sterile applicators.
(16) Culture swabs.
(17) If desired, ethyl chloride spray for small abscess stab wound I & D may
be used. This is contraindicated if a cauterizer is used since ethyl chloride is
c. Preparation of Area of Abscess and Surrounding Skin. Proceed in this
Shave the area.
Wash the area.
Prepare the area with povidone-iodine or isopropyl alcohol.
Drape the area.