A surgical drain is a tube that removes fluid from a wound. Surgeons or interventional radiologists commonly place it. In some cases, it is placed under the skin. It can be removed with a simple suture or left in place for a few days. However, it is important to follow all instructions carefully.
Documentation is an important part of the insertion process for chest drains. The insertion process is an advanced medical procedure that can cause significant pain and complications. Some complications can be life-threatening. It is important to know the appropriate documentation to ensure you avoid making the same mistakes.
One method of patient education is to create a patient education video. A video with pictures and a short explanation of the condition can be an effective way to convey information to a patient or parent. The content should be age-appropriate and convey information in a sympathetic tone to the patient's experience. Many videos are available in multiple languages. Another option is to provide hands-on materials. However, patient education materials must be reviewed and discussed with the patient or parent.
Sutured to skin
A sutured-to-skin drainage procedure can be a good option if you are concerned about a lesion on your skin. After the procedure, you should properly care for the wound to prevent infection and speed healing. You should keep the wound dry for the first 24 hours and pat it dry afterward. You should avoid soaking the wound for the first 48 hours after the procedure and only use emollients recommended by your healthcare provider.
Types of drains
Several different types of medical drains are used in different surgical procedures. These drains prevent the accumulation of fluid and air in certain body cavities. They are used in plastic surgery, such as myocutaneous flap surgery and breast surgery, to avoid blood and lymph accumulation. They are also used in orthopedic procedures, including chest surgeries, thyroid surgery, and neurosurgery. Each type has different applications and management. The best choice for your particular procedure will depend on the location and purpose of your drain.
Care after insertion
Your healthcare provider will provide information on how to care for your medical drainage insertion. You will want to follow the instructions carefully. It will help if you avoid activities that can pull on the tube during the first few days or cause pain near the insertion site. If necessary, your physician can prescribe pain medication. Immediately call your healthcare provider if you feel any pain. Keep the drainage bag and tube below the insertion site to reduce the risk of infection. It is also important to avoid tub baths or hot tubs.