Maybe this is a dumb question. But I have rarely cared for a patient in the home with a chest tube. Now I have a Pleurx that we are draining weekly. The kind you hook up to the bottle and drain it, then change the dressing. The dressing is occlusive. My question is, how long can the patient have the tube in? I am told it can be in for months. And what about the sutures? Do they just stay in indefinitely even if the tube is in long term?