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Flushing Accordion drain catheter

hannaboo hannaboo (New) New

Hello, my aunt just got home from the hospital from an appendectomy complication requiring drainage. I am a nurse working at a SNF. My aunt has been sent home with an accordion drain. The doctor ordered to "flush it 2-3 times a day" with what, he did not specify. I thought off hand that it would be with a sterile normal saline. I asked the nurse taking care of my aunt at the hospital, he said to use sterile water. So, I looked online for instructions and they all say sterile saline. What I am wondering then is if using sterile water would be harmful or not. Also, unfortunately, her drain did not come with a stopcock. It's my first time flushing it so after I disconnect then flush, do I reattach the catheter to the port then compress the accordion part or do I have to press the accordion first and then reattach the catheter? I am thinking of a JP drain/hemovac, those have to be compressed first before closing the port. Also, since there is no stopcock, does this have to be a sterile procedure? Or using clean aseptic technique is okay? The nurse showed me how he does it using clean technique but I want to be absolutely sure that I'm not introducing any bacteria to the drainage system. I don't want my aunt coming back to the hospital for a 3rd time. Thank you in advance for the time and for replying!!


Specializes in Medical-Surgical/Float Pool/Stepdown. Has 6+ years experience.

It is probably in your best interests to call the MD's office with your concerns and if they are closed for the weekend then instead call the hospital's patient advisory nurse. I don't think anyone can truly answer you here on this website as it most likely is against the TOS.

dianah, ADN

Specializes in Cath Lab/Radiology. Has 45 years experience.

AJJKRN is correct; per the Terms of Service, no one may give any medical advice.

Agree, too, to either contacting the hospital or the doctor's office for further clarification or for supplies or a list of supplies.

We wish your aunt rapid healing.

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