Congratulations on taking the first step towards feeling and looking your best! You’ve just undergone cosmetic or reconstructive surgery and are now on the path to recovery. At Elite Private Recovery RN, we understand that the recovery process can be overwhelming and confusing, so we’re here to provide you with the skilled nursing care you need in the comfort of your home or hotel.
What Are Drains?
Drains are small tubes placed in your surgical site to remove excess fluid and promote healing. They are usually placed under the skin and are connected to a small bulb or container that collects the fluid. Drains are necessary to remove excess fluid that can accumulate at the surgical site. This fluid can cause swelling, discomfort, and delay healing. By removing the excess fluid, drains can reduce your recovery time and ensure optimal healing.
Benefits of Post-Surgery Drains:
- Remove excess fluid that can accumulate at the surgical site
- Reduce swelling and discomfort
- Promote optimal healing
- Reduce recovery time
- Reduce the risk of infection
- Reduce the risk of complications
- Prevent the formation of seroma (pocket of clear fluid)
- Help you return to normal activities quickly
Your Nurse’s Drain Care Responsibilities:
- Clean the area around the drains
- Ensure your drains are kept clean to prevent infection
- Monitor drain output and keep track of fluid drainage
- Change dressings frequently to keep the area clean and dry
- Remove the drains when they are no longer needed
- Identify signs of infection and report to the surgeon immediately
- Follow the surgeon’s instructions for drain care
- Provide support and guidance throughout the recovery process