A wound drain is a tube that allows excess body fluids or air to drain out of the body from a wound.
How Does It Work?
One end of the wound drain is placed within the wound. The other end of the wound drain is connected to a collection device which may be connected to suction. Some patients may require wound drains after surgery. A wound drain can be inserted while the patient is in the operating room, in the Intensive Care Unit or in the Radiology Department. Wound drains remain in place for varied lengths of time depending on how much blood or fluid is draining. The nurses check on the drain frequently and empty it when necessary. The medical team monitor the wound drain daily and decide when it should be removed.
Are There Any Complications?
All Intensive Care interventions and procedures carry a degree of potential risk even when performed by skilled and experienced staff. Please discuss these issues with the medical and nursing staff who are caring for the patient.
Of course, if you have any questions or concerns, please discuss them with the ICU nurses and doctors.
Wound drains Version 1.1
First published June 2004
Reviewed June 2008
Reviewer Kathleen Ryan CNC ICCMU
Last Updated on Monday, 17 October 2011 10:16