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2798 Looking after your drain at home

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If you have an Axillary Node Clearance or a mastectomy, a drain will also be inserted to remove blood, secretions and other tissue fluids to help your wound to heal. A drain is a thin, soft plastic tube placed in the surgical wound before it closed. Any blood, secretions or tissue fluid is passed along the tube and in to a bag. In the first few days you will see blood stained fluid in the bag, but as your wound starts to heal the fluid will change to a straw colour. You will then need the drain until the volume is reduced. This is usually no more than a week after surgery, but in some cases it may be longer. Most patients feel well enough to go home with the drain in place. What do you need to do you to look after your drain? You need to keep the bulb level below your wound to ensure that the fluid drains away. Make sure the tube is not kinked and it is important to make sure that the bulb and the bag are not hindered by tight clothing. The bulb should be emptied before it is fully expanded and it is a good idea to make a routine of emptying it once in the morning and again in the evening. During the first few days it may be necessary for you to empty the bulb more often. To empty the bulb, firstly close the inlet clamp above the bulb and open the outlet clamp below the bulb. Squeeze the bulb slowly with one hand so that the fluid transferred into the bag. It is safe to release the bulb and squeeze it again if this is easier for you. While keeping the bulb squeezed in, close the outlet clamp below the bulb and reopen the clamp above the bulb. Make sure that the inlet tube is not kinked or bent. You may also be asked to change the bag. Ensure the outlet clamp below the bulb is closed and unscrew the bag. Seal it with the cap that is attached. Attach a new bag by screwing it tightly to the connector. Your hospital will give you instructions of how you need to dispose of the bag once you have removed it. Your breast care team will provide you with the guidance on common problems but if you have any concerns please contact them. Lastly, you need to monitor and record the volume of fluid drained each day. You will be contacted daily to check the volume and to ensure that you have no problems.

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Posted by: richardwh on Nov 16, 2015

2798 Looking after your drain at home

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