auricular hematoma repair

30 Aug

Nice procedure review back in April’s EP Monthly article.  Click through for the full read.

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

“Our job in the emergency department is three fold: early identification, early drainage, and using various splints and bandaging techniques to prevent the re-accumulation of blood. “

 

NEAT TRICK:

“…simply placing two to three absorbable mattress sutures along the involved portion of ear both prevents accumulation of blood and spares the patient buttresses that require future removal…”

 

ONLY PICTURE I COULD FIND TO ILLUSTRATE:

ear

 

10-SECOND TAKEAWAY:

I’m probably still going to pad (as a compressive dressing) the ear after repair, but might consider just putting in absorbable sutures, instead of suturing in padding/etc.  

 

References: EP monthly article; picture

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