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Surgical vacuum drains: types, uses, and complications.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20152200     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
High- and low-pressure vacuum drains are commonly used after surgical procedures. High-pressure vacuum drains (ie, sealed, closed-circuit systems) are efficient and allow for easy monitoring and safe disposal of the drainage. Low-pressure vacuum drains use gentle pressure to evacuate excess fluid and air, and are easy for patients to manage at home because it is easy to reinstate the vacuum pressure. Perioperative nurses should be able to identify the various types of commonly used drains and their surgical applications. Nurses should know how to care for drains, how to reinstate the vacuum pressure when necessary, and the potential complications that could result from surgical drain use.
Rajaraman Durai; Philip C H Ng
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-02-08
Journal Detail:
Title:  AORN journal     Volume:  91     ISSN:  0001-2092     ISO Abbreviation:  AORN J     Publication Date:  2010 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-03-01     Completed Date:  2010-04-09     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372403     Medline TA:  AORN J     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  266-71; quiz 272-4     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 2010 AORN, Inc. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
University Hospital Lewisham, London, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Device Removal / methods,  nursing
Equipment Design
Nurse's Role
Operating Room Nursing / methods*
Patient Selection
Postoperative Care / methods,  nursing
Suction / adverse effects,  classification,  instrumentation,  nursing*

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