The standard treatment of cutaneous abscesses in the emergency department is incision and drainage (I&D). The purpose of this investigation is to determine the feasibility of using a povodine-iodine topical antiseptic solution (PVP-I) as a clinical adjunct in the treatment of superficial skin abscesses after I&D, and the data is related to “Pilot Study to Evaluate the Adjunct Use of a Povidone-Iodine Topical Antiseptic in Patients with Soft Tissue Abscesses” [Olson et al., 2019]. The data aims to determine if the daily application of PVP-I in the wound cavity and as an antiseptic hand wash would confer any benefit over I&D alone. The primary outcome was clinical cure 7–10 days after I&D. The secondary outcomes were rate of new abscess development and spread of infection in household contacts (HC) within 30 days.
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