About 5 years ago, Mar-Med developed the Derma-Stent and began a clinical trial at Wayne State University. We sought to compare the Derma-Stent to traditional incision and drainage with packing gauze. The results from that clinical trial were recently published by Open Access Emergency Medicine, which you can find here: Derma-Stent Clinical Trial.
Derma-Stent was designed to improve upon the “loop drain” method, allowing the use of one or two incisions without tying a knot. Considerable evidence now exists that the “loop drain” has significant benefits against the traditional incision and drainage. You can find evidence related to the Derma-Stent and “loop drain” here, and more of which we’ve posted about here and here.
We hoped to confirm a notable benefit of the “loop drain” method, specifically the ease of patient self-removal compared to traditional packing. The data from the trial was admittedly unclear on that topic, as patient follow up proved difficult. However, we did find a lot of positive data on pain scores, ease of use, and likelihood of Derma-Stent to stay in place.