Patient preparation for safe removal of surgical drains
Jennie Walker Clinical educator, Department of Orthopaedic and Accident Surgery, Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham
Drains are a common feature of the post-operative management of surgical patients. While drains serve an important function they are also associated with complications such as haemorrhage, tissue inflammation, retrograde bacterial migration and drain entrapment. It is therefore essential that nurses are familiar with the monitoring and management of surgical drains, but also the process involved in their removal.
Nursing Standard. 21, 49, 39-41. doi: 10.7748/ns2007.08.21.49.39.c4603Correspondence
This article has been subject to double blind peer review