JP Drains and blood exposure

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    The last time I was at work I went in to my patient's room to hang an antibiotic, the patients wife just mentions the jp drain is full. The techs usually empty drains and foleys for us, but I will empty them when needed while I am in the room. I have only emptied a jp drain maybe a handful of times because they are only used for back surgery or neck surgery at my facility and I haven't had too many of those patients. I have mostly delt with hips and knees to which hemovacs are used, even then I haven't had to empty those very many times. When I went to empty the jp drain, the bulb wasn't compressed and was about half full, I first looked at the measurement so I could record the drainage. Then I attempted to open the drain, as soon as I got the stopper out the blood squirted right at my face and in my eye. I started to panic, but I tried to remain calm so I didn't freak my patient out. I just said" I'll be right back", I rushed to the patient's bathroom and started flushing my eye at the sink and then used alcohol pads to wipe my face.

    I then I had to go through the whole blood exposure protocol, getting my blood drawn and having to follow up with the infection control nurse. I have only been a nurse for four months, but I feel so stupid and a little embarrassed. I'm thinking "why didn't I turn my face away while emptying the drain. The techs empty these drains a lot with the amount of patient they have and I haven't heard of any of them getting blood in their face. It's a small hospital and I feel so singled out, like I'm the only nurse that got blood squirted at my face when emptying a jp drain, being the new nurse and I haven't been there that long I don't want any unwanted attention.

    Needless to say, I will never open a drain again without turning me face away. Has anyone else had this happen to them?
    Last edit by heather18_RN on Dec 29, '13
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    Not yet but don't stress or feel embarrassed! Things like that happen to the best of us and you learn from it! I just did so thank you for posting!
    CrazierThanYou likes this.
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    Instead of turning your face away, just turn the opening away. Don't point it at your face while you're opening it.
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    It's happened to all of us...turn it away from your face. I wore glasses with clear lenses for years to protect my eyes.
    GrnTea likes this.
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    Point it away from you and use a 4x4 over the plug when you open it.
    CrazierThanYou, dawniepoo, and Esme12 like this.
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    ive emptied plenty of these. i never look in the bulb to see the measurement i usually empty it into a specimen container to get a more accurate measurement. when i open it i make sure i use gloves b/c sometimes blood drops hang around the tip you unplug to open. i open it waist level and away from me. another big issue you want to make sure is to teach the techs about squeezing it before closing to maintain the suctioning pressure. although i have had some doctors to right orders for no suctioning or drain to gravity.
    rnmi2004, Esme12, and KelRN215 like this.
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    Quote from garn12
    ive emptied plenty of these. i never look in the bulb to see the measurement i usually empty it into a specimen container to get a more accurate measurement. when i open it i make sure i use gloves b/c sometimes blood drops hang around the tip you unplug to open. i open it waist level and away from me. another big issue you want to make sure is to teach the techs about squeezing it before closing to maintain the suctioning pressure. although i have had some doctors to right orders for no suctioning or drain to gravity.
    I agree. I've emptied as little as 2 cc from a JP before. Unless it's draining a large amount, you can't accurately measure it in the bulb. I (pointing it away from me) would empty it either into a urine specimen cup or a medication cup depending on how much drainage there was. Then dispose of the drainage down the toilet. Aides were not allowed to empty JPs in my hospital.
    Esme12 likes this.
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    It's also not unusual for clots to form in the bulb that you can't get out which will throw off any measurement unless emptied into a cup.
    Esme12 and KelRN215 like this.
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    Quote from klone
    Instead of turning your face away, just turn the opening away. Don't point it at your face while you're opening it.
    This.

    Hope everything is ok. ((HUGS))
    GrnTea likes this.
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    Yes, it should be poured into a urine specimen cup for accurate measurement.
    Esme12 likes this.


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