A low-cost high-fidelity model for abscess simulation

Aaron J. Done, Marshall J. Fairres, Joseph C. Heiler, Cody J. Smith, William Rappaport

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Background: Treatment of a subcutaneous abscess is a commonly encountered scenario across multiple specialties. Prior simulation models for abscess incision and drainage have been limited by their cost and reproducibility. Methods: We developed a realistic abscess model with commonly available materials that can be utilized in fresh cadaver labs at a cost of less than $1 USD per use. The model was evaluated for content validity with pre- and post-measures by 25 pre-clinical medical students. Results: The model described herein successfully simulates commonly encountered subcutaneous abscesses. Pre and post-training surveys demonstrated a significant increase in all outcomes measures. Conclusions: The model presented in this manuscript can be easily incorporated into training programs that utilize a fresh cadaver lab for multi-procedural resident training. It provides a realistic abscess that can be placed in almost any anatomical location at a fraction of the cost, and significantly reduced preparation time compared to previously described models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)628-631
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican journal of surgery
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2020


  • Abscess
  • Fresh cadaver
  • Medical education
  • Surgery
  • Ultrasound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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