Peritonsillar abscess aspiration technique

Build a kit similar to the butterfly phlebotomy setup (above drawing).

  • Attach IV extension tubing to the spinal needle.
  • Attach the other end of the IV tubing to the syringe.
  • Ask the assistant to apply negative pressure on the syringe once you have penetrated the oral mucosal surface.
  • Now you can focus on just directing the needle to the appropriate area.

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