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Word Catheter Placement for Bartholin's Gland Abscess

Applications for Clinical Practice and Simulation

Lannen, Amy, BA; Destephano, Christopher, MD, MPH; Wilbeck, Jennifer, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, ACNP-BC, ENP-C, FAANP

Section Editor(s): Wilbeck, Jennifer DNP, RN, FNP-BC, ACNP-BC, ENP-C, FAANP; Column Editor

Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal: January/March 2019 - Volume 41 - Issue 1 - p 39–42
doi: 10.1097/TME.0000000000000230

For women who present with Bartholin's abscesses, placement of a Word catheter offers a minimally invasive approach for effective management in urgent care and emergency department settings. Although the procedure is relatively simple, the frequency of placement in the ED setting varies. Provider familiarity with both the device and the procedure can be enhanced using simulation techniques. This article presents the diagnostic and treatment approaches to Bartholin's abscesses and describes in detail both low- and high-fidelity simulations for Word catheter placements.

Mayo Clinic Simulation Center, Jacksonville, Florida (Ms Lannen); Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida (Dr Destephano); and Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Nashville, Tennessee (Dr Wilbeck).

Corresponding Author: Jennifer Wilbeck, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, ACNP-BC, ENP-C, FAANP, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, 461 21st Ave South, Nashville, TN 37240 (

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Disclosure: The authors report no conflicts of interest.

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