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Table 7 Resource* utilization for abscesses by erythema size (N = 143)

From: Skin and soft-tissue infections in suburban primary care: epidemiology of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and observations on abscess management

Resource 0-4 cm erythema (N = 63) 5-9 cm erythema (N = 41) ≥10 cm erythema (N = 39)
Outpatient IV 3 (5) 3 (7) 18 (46)
Hospitalization 0 (0) 1 (2) 1 (3)
Repeat I&D 5 (8) 5 (12) 8(21)
≥3 Follow-Up visits 11 (18) 15 (37) 28 (72)
Any resource 14 (22) 14 (34) 30 (77)
  1. Abbreviations: IV, Intravenous infusion; I&D, incision and drainage.
  2. *Resources in addition to initial I&D and/or oral antibiotic treatment.
  3. Abscesses with follow-up information and erythema measurement.