What equipment is needed to perform auricular hematoma drainage?

Updated: May 10, 2018
  • Author: Inna Leybell, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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See the list below:

  • Syringe, 3 mL, with a 23- or 27-gauge (ga) needle for anesthesia

  • Syringe, 10 mL, with a 18- or 20-ga needle (if performing needle aspiration)

  • Lidocaine 1% (with or without epinephrine)

  • Scalpel, No. 15

  • Small suction, if available

  • Irrigation set-up (syringe, normal saline)

  • Compression dressing materials

    • Simple compression dressing, as shown in the image below: dry cotton, Vaseline gauze, 4 x 4 plain gauze, secondary dressing wrap (eg, Kling), scissors

      Supplies needed to make a simple compression dress Supplies needed to make a simple compression dressing.
    • Specialized compression dressing (to be made in a specialist's office; not described here): dental rolls (or cotton bolsters, silicone splints, or plaster mold), nylon or Prolene suture on straight needle

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