What equipment is needed to perform subungual hematoma drainage?

Updated: Aug 25, 2020
  • Author: Oliver Mayorga, MD, MS, FACEP; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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Options for the tool for nail penetration include the following:

  • Needle, 18 gauge (ga) ideal

  • Electrocautery tool (see image below)

    Cautery tool. Cautery tool.
  • Paper clip and sterilizing flame

Other possible equipment includes the following:

  • Povidone-iodine solution (Betadine)

  • Nonsterile gloves

  • Gauze

  • Topical antibiotic (eg, bacitracin)

  • Finger splint (optional)

The image below depicts the equipment for this procedure.

Equipment. Equipment.

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