Cutaneous abscesses are infections of the skin and
soft tissue, usually caused by the Staphylococcus aureus
organisms. The study aimed to describe the patterns of
doctor’s practice toward cutaneous abscess
A facility descriptive Cross-sectional base study
conducted among the doctors of the surgery emergency
departments of five teaching hospitals in Khartoum and
Bahri localities that perform emergency operations for
superficial cutaneous abscesses, Total coverage of the
study population data collected through predesigned
questionnaires that included different variables
representing the medical history, physical examination,
investigation and treatment of cutaneous abscess.
Out of 127 participants included in the study from
5 hospitals, with mean age of 26.66 years and mean of
months surgical experience 19.2. Out of 24.4% of the
participants were provided by the hospital protocol of
management, 72.4% were found to be operating one
septic list per duty and 76.4% of the participants
following senior instructions in their practice. Only
46.5% inquired prior antibiotic usage for the abscess in
medical history, 31.5% checked for respiratory rate,
33.1% obtained blood culture, 74.0% did not inject
local anesthetics at the abscess roof , 96.1% followed
incision and drainage, 22.0% followed aspiration and
antibiotics, 87.4% of the participants routinely
prescribing post-operative antibiotics for every
cutaneous abscess patients and most of them
prescribing Augmentin. Only 51.2% were following
daily dressing manner for abscess patients.
Study participants showed different patterns of
practice in cutaneous abscess management, senior
instructions determined the majority practice and
routine prescription of postoperative antibiotics was one
of the most important negative findings of the study.
Important details of cutaneous abscess management
were not covered in the guidelines including anesthesia,
operative details and dressing patterns.
Keywords : Cutaneous abscess, Khartoum, Bahri, Practice, management.