Skin and Soft Tissue Infections - Incision, Drainage, and Debridement Questions & Answers

Updated: Aug 25, 2020
  • Author: Hemant Singhal, MD, MBBS, MBA, FRCS, FRCS(Edin), FRCSC; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

What are skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs)?

What are the types of skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs)?

What are most common pathogens in skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs)?

How are skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs) categorized?

What are uncomplicated skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs)?

What are complicated skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs)?

What is necrotizing fasciitis?

What are predisposing factors to the development of skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs)?

What are indications for incision, drainage, and debridement of skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs)?

What are contraindications for incision, drainage, and debridement of skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs)?

What are technical considerations for incision, drainage, and debridement of skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs)?

Periprocedural Care

What is included in patient education and consent for incision, drainage, and debridement of skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs)?

How is the source of infection controlled prior to incision, drainage, and debridement of skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs)?

Which lab tests are performed prior to incision, drainage, and debridement of skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs)?

What is the role of antibiotics in the management of skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs)?

What are indications for IV antibiotics in the treatment of skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs)?

How are empirical antimicrobial therapy administered in the treatment of skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs)?

Which antibiotics are FDA approved for the treatment of acute bacterial skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs)?

Which organization has issued guidelines for the diagnosis and management of skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs)?

What equipment is required for incision, drainage, and debridement in skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs)?

What is the role of anesthesia in the incision and drainage of skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs)?

What is the role of anesthesia in the debridement of skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs)?

How is the patient positioned for incision, drainage, and debridement of skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs)?

How are bloodstream infections (BSIs) managed in patients with skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs)?

Technique

How is incision and drainage performed in the treatment of skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs)?

How is debridement performed for infected ulcers and gangrene in skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs)?

What are alternative debridement methods to surgical debridement in skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs)?

How is debridement of necrotizing fasciitis performed?

What are complications of incision, drainage, and debridement of skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs)?