Trick of Trade: Incision and loop drainage using tourniquet


The technique for abscess drainage traditionally is incision and drainage (I&D). In August 2012, I wrote about incision and loop drainage (I&LD), which it seems has gained popularity over time with similar outcomes. This technique involves using a sterile vascular loop, which is thin and long enough to form a loose knotted loop. The video below by Dr. Rob Orman reviews the steps. But, what if you don’t have a vascular loop in the ED?


By |2019-01-28T22:07:44-08:00Jan 22, 2013|Tricks of the Trade|

Trick of Trade: Rule of 10’s for burn fluid resuscitation


A patient presents with burns to both his arms, chest, and abdomen (anteriorly only) from a flash fire. That’s about 27% total body surface area (TBSA). So how much IV fluid should be given?

Be aware of a phenomenon known as “fluid creep”, where patients actually get WAY too much IV fluids than they should, which can cause delayed complications such as ACS, pulmonary edema, and compartment syndrome. Don’t forget that patients often get a lot of IV fluids in the prehospital setting, which should also be factored in.


By |2019-01-28T22:08:28-08:00Jan 15, 2013|Trauma, Tricks of the Trade|

Trick of the Trade: Reducing the metacarpal neck fracture

General principles of fracture reduction involve axially distracting or pulling on a fracture fragment and pushing the piece back into anatomical alignment. This can be seen in the video below (automatically starts at 2:25 for the actual procedure). What if this approach doesn’t work? The fracture fragment remains immobile despite your best efforts.


By |2019-01-28T22:08:52-08:00Jan 8, 2013|Orthopedic, Tricks of the Trade|