Just wondering if there are many Cardiac Surgery services that use mediastinal chest tubes vs. Blake drains post surgery and vice versa. I work on a cardiac surgery stepdown unit btw--and recently I flew to Nebraska to see a friend who had valve surgery. She came out of the OR with a Blake drain--AWESOME!! I spoke with the surgeon myself and he said he generally only uses blake drains--unless the pt has excessive fluid in the OR. (I didn't realize you can forsee upcoming drainage). From a nursing perspective, I would prefer the CT-- I like to visualize when my pts "dump". However, less pain for the pt.
Long and short...I am sure it's surgeon preference.