A Hemovac drain was placed under your skin during surgery. This drain removes any blood or other fluids that might build up in this area. You can go home with the drain still in place.
Your doctor will tell you how often you need to empty the drain. Your nurse will show you how to empty and take care of your drain. The following instructions will help you at home. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or nurse.
Items you will need are:
Wash your hands with soap and water. Dry your hands, and put on clean medical gloves. Loosen the tape carefully, and take off the old bandage. Throw the old bandage into a plastic trash bag. Look for any new redness, swelling, bad odor, or pus.
Use a cotton swab dipped in the soapy water to clean the skin around the drain. Do this 3 or 4 times, using a new swab each time.
Take off the first pair of medical gloves and put them in the plastic trash bag. Put on the second pair.
Put a new bandage around the site where the drain goes in. Use surgical tape to hold it down against your skin. Tape the tubing to the bandages. Throw all used supplies in the trash bag. Wash your hands well.
Call your doctor if:
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