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Care of Your Surgical Drain at Home (4603)

Care of Your Surgical Drain at Home (4603) - Clinical Hub, Patient Education, Health and Nutrition Facts For You, Radiology - Invasive Procedures

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Care of Your Surgical Drain at Home

Your drain tubes will be in place when you go home. You will need to clean your drain sites
daily. You may shower while your drains are in place. Let the soap and water run over the
incisions and the drain sites. Do not soak in the tub.

If you choose not to shower daily, you need to wash the incision and drain sites once a day.
1. Wash your hands.

2. Remove old gauze.

3. Wash your hands.

4. Use soap and water. If you have well water, use distilled water.

5. Clean around the drain where it enters your skin with a swab or towel.

6. Apply a new gauze dressing and tape it in place (if desired).

7. “Strip” drains 2 times daily. Grasp the rubber part of the tubing closest to your body
and clamp between the thumb and index finger of one hand. Holding this end closed
between your fingers, use the thumb and index finger of your other hand and pinch off the
tubing right below. Move your fingers down the tubing while you keep it pinched off.
The fluid in the tubing should move toward the drainage bottle. A small amount of oil on
your fingers or an alcohol swab may make it easier to “strip” the drains.

8. Observe your drain sites for any sign of increased pain, redness, swelling, or pus-like
drainage. Call your doctor if this occurs.

9. Observe the drainage in your drain tubing. It should range from a dark red to straw
colored. If you notice any pus-like drainage in your tubes, call your doctor.

10. Call you doctor for any fever above 100.5º F.

11. Empty and measure the amount of drainage in your drains twice daily. Keep a record of
the amount and bring this information to your next clinic visit. Your doctor will want to
know this to help determine when to remove the drains.

12. Always keep suction in your drains. There are two different types;
a. Bulb-type drain - open drain and compress the entire drain in one hand. Recap the
opening with your other hand. (Diagram A)
b. Reliavac® drain – open the drain and squeeze several times on the rubber bulb on
the top of container until the balloon inside is totally filling the inside container.
Recap the opening. (Diagram B)







Call Your Doctor

ξ Please call your doctor if you notice:
ξ Temperature of 100.5° F
ξ Signs of infection
ξ Nausea or vomiting
ξ Pain that is not relieved by your pain medicine
ξ Pus like drainage from drains


Phone Numbers

Please call if you have questions or concerns.

Your doctor's name is ________________________________

Breast Center phone number is (608) 266-6400, 8:00am to 5:00 pm weekdays.

Surgery Clinic phone number is (608) 263-7502, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

Digestive Health Center phone number is (608) 890-5000, 8:00am to 5:00pm weekdays.




















Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you have
any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This is not
medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each person’s health
needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using this information. If
you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright © 6/2015 University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority.
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Daily Drain Record Sheet
Instructions: Fill out the information below for each drain that you have in place. See example below. The goal is to have 30 mL or less in 24
hours before removing a drain.



Example: Surgery was on a Wednesday. Start measurements on Thursday. Write down the date, amount of fluid emptied in the morning
and evening and totals. Use additional charts if you have multiple drains.
Drain# ___1___ – Location: left breast
Day of Week Thurs Fri Sat Sun Mon
Date: 1/1 1/2 1/3 1/4 1/5
AM Amount
in mLs:
20 20 15 15 10
PM Amount
in mLs:
30 30 25 25 25
Total: 50 50 40 40 35

Drain# ______ – Location____________________
Day of Week
Date:
AM Amount
in mLs

PM Amount
in mLs

Total:

Drain # _______– Location_______________________
Day of Week
Date:
AM Amount
in mLs:

PM Amount
in mLs:

Total:


Daily Drain Record Sheet


Drain #______ – Location________________________
Day of Week
Date:
AM Amount
in mLs:

PM Amount
in mLs:

Total:



Drain #______ – Location________________________
Day of Week
Date:
AM Amount
in mLs:

PM Amount
in mLs:

Total:



Drain #______ – Location________________________
Day of Week
Date:
AM Amount
in mLs:

PM Amount
in mLs:

Total: