Building on my theme of combating odors in the Emergency Department (see Toxic Sock Syndrome), foul-smelling pus from large abscesses has got to be one of the most nauseating smells in the ED for me.
How can you minimize such odors?
- Prepare a Yankauer wall suction set up.
- Start by making only a small initial incision in the abscess, such that you can fit the Yankauer tip in the opening.
- Suction out as much of the pus into the closed suction canister as possible.
- Widen the incision and continue suctioning out the pus, as needed.
What tricks do you have to minimize odors when performing I+Ds of abscesses?