Flushing JP Drain - page 2

by lori999 22,494 Views | 19 Comments

Got a bet with a friend about the "correct" way to flush a JP Drain. What is the correct way, from your experience? Sounds simple, but I want to prove him wrong.... Thanks:chuckle... Read More


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    I'm getting more and more orders to hook up JP's to wall sxn for our post-op's these days as well.
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    We get sump drains to wall suction (they are bigger than JP's, and we do fush them at least BID) - NOT JP's though.

    Non-patent, JP gets pulled. If pt develops another fluid collection or abscess, they'll insert another drain under CT guided visualisations.
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    I am a new grad working on med-surg oncology. I had an order to flush a JP with a 10cc syringe. I asked several nurses how to do the procedure and got two different answers. One, just flush the NS through the tube leaving solution in the wound to be drained by the JP. Second, flush, then withdraw without pressure amt. of solution that easily flows back, allowing the rest to drain out into the JP. Which one is correct?
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    Never had to flush one either. renerian
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    Learn something new everyday, I have never flushed a JP either I have however hooked them to wall suction per physcian order
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    When we flush a JP, we have usually left the NS in. It is usually only 10 cc. We record the 10cc as going in so it will be taken into consideration in the outs!

    Have done JP's to: wall sx, bulb sx, no sx at all, flushed JP's with NS and abx.

    Those little buggers have more uses!!!
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    If routinely flushing the drain, put a stopcock (or ask the doc to, depending on the institution) and make life easier on yourself.
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    We pretty routinely flush JP's on our floor... the ones put in for our agency have stopcocks on them, so we change the direction of fluid to toward the pt, clean the leur-lock, flush and then change the direction of fluid back toward the bulb so it can drain out.
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    At my facility, we occassionally have to flush JPs. Usually if the Doc suspects it is clogged. We only do it with Dr. orders. We flush with 10 cc and leave the NS in to drain and record it as intake.
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    Just realized the OP posted this question in 2002! Goodness...


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