Trick of the Trade: Pelvic speculum for peritonsillar abscess

Mar 20, 12
Trick of the Trade: Pelvic speculum for peritonsillar abscess

PTA 1 LabeledPeritonsillar abscess drainage in the ED continues to be one of my favorite procedures to perform. There are several tricks to increase your chances for a successful aspiration. One trick involves using a curved laryngoscope to help depress the tongue AND provide a bright light source.

What if you don’t have a laryngoscope readily available?

Trick of the Trade

Use a fiberoptically-lit, plastic pelvic speculum
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  1. Slide off the top of the plastic pelvic speculum
  2. Attach the fiberoptic light source.
  3. Use as a lighted tongue depressor!

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Michelle Lin, MD

ALiEM Founder and CEO
Professor and Digital Innovation Lab Director
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of California, San Francisco

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