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Surgical Drain Care Instructions

After surgery, shedding and oozing of cells and bodily fluids continue at the surgical site. To increase healing and decrease the chance of infection, a wound drain is used to help this process. In this article, we have mentioned some instructions for properly caring for your drain.

The drain is made up of a piece of tubing with a collection bulb at the end. To know more about the surgical drain tubes, you must navigate to It is possible for clots to form in the tubing and block the outflow of fluids. To prevent this, it will be important for you to "strip"  the tubing occasionally. To do this:

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  • Hold the tubing between your thumb and index finger to a point where the tubing exits the skin.
  • Squeeze your fingers together to pinch off the tubing.
  • Position the fingers of the other hand in the same way just below the pinched-off tubing.
  • While holding the first 2 fingers in place to prevent pulling on your skin, slide the bottom 2 fingers down the tubing. This pushes any clots into the collection bulb. You might need to do this at several points down the tubing.
  • Do 2 to 3 times a day to keep the tubing clean.

You might need to empty the drain 2 to 3 times a day (or more), depending on the amount of output. Here are your steps to do this:

  • To empty, lift the "pop-top" on the collection bulb, and squeeze the fluid into a measuring cup with incremental markings.
  • Once empty, squeeze the bulb and put the "pop-top" back in place to resume suction. If you drain 55 ccs or more, you may estimate the amount of fluid drained.
  • Record in your chart the amount of drainage, along with the time of the measurement.