Management of skin abscesses by primary care pediatricians.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

BACKGROUND: Staphylococcus aureus is a common cause of skin abscesses. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate primary care pediatricians' management of skin abscesses. METHODS: A national mail survey of a random sample of 385 general pediatricians conducted from April to June 2010. RESULTS: The response rate was 49%. Most respondents (72%) were aware that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommendations for the management of soft tissue infections. Only 10% reported that no one in their practice could perform incision and drainage an uncomplicated abscess. Approximately one third (34%) reported that it is too time consuming to do so. About half (55%) were interested in further training in abscess management. CONCLUSION: Although most primary care pediatric practices are prepared to manage uncomplicated abscesses, more than half were interested in further training in the management of this condition. A comprehensive training program of skin infections could not only improve abscess management but also decrease barriers related to such care.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kemper, AR; Dolor, RJ; Fowler, VG

Published Date

  • June 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 50 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 525 - 528

PubMed ID

  • 21262755

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1938-2707

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/0009922810394837


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States