I had a fresh thyroidectomy today. The doctor ordered the JP to be hooked to continuous medium wall suction. I had seen this before. I cut the top off of the spout where you normally empty the JP, cut the connector off of the suction tubing and hooked it to the spout. Perfect fit. The only thing was that the bulb was staying charged. In the past I thought I remembered the bulb staying inflated? But if it was inflated would it still pull blood out of the wound? Would it not have to be charged in order to create that suction? However with it being charged it won't pull into the suction tubing and up to the canister. Is anyone more familiar with this procedure? Do you know should the bulb be inflated or charged? Thanks!
Feb 26, '05
I got another fresh thyroidectomy yesterday and I asked the doc about hooking the JP up to suction and he said the bulb should stay charged (compressed) if it is inflated that means there's a clot somewhere and the tubing needs to be milked. I'm so glad that's cleared up!
Last edit by DutchgirlRN on Feb 26, '05