To all you Med/Surg nurses out there--what do you use to contain the drainage from a penrose drain? This is the first time I have seen this type of drain, let alone used on a Abd Hyst patient (This is a new OB/GYN doc to our unit who is some what unconvential)-we are used to JP's. I used 4x4's folded over and probably could have used an ABD pad--thanks for your input.
Nov 13, '00
We do just that. Lots of gauze and it's definitely neater if you cover the gauze with an abd. pad.
Feb 3, '01
I'm very late in responding, but I am new to this site.
I am a CNA on a med-surg floor. We use a bag/bladder to contain drainage from a penrose drain. I don't know the name of it, but it looks like a minature colostomy bag and it opens and closes the same way. At the end of each shift (more often if needed)we empty the contents into a container, measure it, and dispose of it. There is no leakage from the bag and no dressings are needed.
Feb 4, '01
Thank-you--I'll check with our central supply to see if this exists at this facility--Had a penrose just recentely again and I used the dressing/ABD pad trick and it did work great--kept the mess from running down pts leg, anyways.
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