I have recently started a new senior clinical post on a multi-discplinary acute care ward in Singapore (my past nursing experiences are in UK and Australia). It seems that they are obsessed with compulsory 'anchoring' of all drips and drains which I am having difficulty rationalising.
Left to my own discretion(as i am used to) I would anchor a drip/drain depending on the location, purpose, situation and patient rather than a rule.
I have observed that the anchoring can contribute to the kinking and twisting of chest tubes(scary) compromising patient safety rather than enhancing it...
I have looked for some evidence/recommendations to support this anchoring practice but cannot find any.Sometimes anchoring is mentioned with regard to Indwelling urine catheters but otherwise, nothing!