loop drainage with glove cuff

5 Sep

Neat idea from a recent JEM article:loop

THE PROCEDURE: Loop Drain for Abscess I&D:


  • 1 cm incision on perimeter of the abscess
  • put clamp/forceps in to explore, break up loculations
  • push forceps to opposite end of abscess, cut another 1-cm incision down to the forceps
  • grab the loop drain, pull through to first incision
  • tie it off

(check out this previous post for a nice video & review)



since its hard to find a sterile loop drain in the ED…

cut the cuff off of the bottom of a sterile glove, use that as your “loop”


OTHER, less sterile options for loops:

non-sterile glove/cuff

trim a tourniquet


There you go.  Other trick up your sleeve, if you need it.


References: JEM article, picture 1picture


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