A skin abscess model for teaching incision and drainage procedures

BMC Med Educ. 2008 Jul 3:8:38. doi: 10.1186/1472-6920-8-38.


Background: Skin and soft tissue infections are increasingly prevalent clinical problems, and it is important for health care practitioners to be well trained in how to treat skin abscesses. A realistic model of abscess incision and drainage will allow trainees to learn and practice this basic physician procedure.

Methods: We developed a realistic model of skin abscess formation to demonstrate the technique of incision and drainage for educational purposes. The creation of this model is described in detail in this report.

Results: This model has been successfully used to develop and disseminate a multimedia video production for teaching this medical procedure. Clinical faculty and resident physicians find this model to be a realistic method for demonstrating abscess incision and drainage.

Conclusion: This manuscript provides a detailed description of our model of abscess incision and drainage for medical education. Clinical educators can incorporate this model into skills labs or demonstrations for teaching this basic procedure.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Abscess / surgery*
  • Drainage / standards*
  • Humans
  • Models, Biological*
  • Skin / physiopathology*
  • Teaching / methods