RN's removing surgical drains - page 4

I am desperatly searching information/policies & procedures on RN's removing JP , penrose and/or hemovac drains . We have been asked to do this and I would love to talk to anyone that works in a... Read More

  1. by   matira
    Quote from lady_jezebel
    This only PROTECTS the RN license! It's legal documentation. It's not meant to belittle you.
    How does this protect the RN license? If the tip is left in the patient, whether two of you signed you both saw the tip, you will not be protected. You will only look incompetent that even after two had said they had seen it evidence of it in the patient will definitely outway your documentation. So what I am saying is that why does it take two RN's to say they saw the tip.? Surely if I am too blind or stupid to recognise a dodgy tip on my own then there are many more dangerous practices that I should not be doing.
  2. by   strickla
    I also am in need of a written policy on pulling JP drains. Where can I find one?
  3. by   Foreverlearning
    I disagree w/a couple of postings that say "there's really no protocol" to removing drains/lines. Some of them can bleed a LOT after removal, even profusely, so pressure on the site for a number of minutes, after removal is
    required...esp picc lines etc . Even JP's & HV drains can drain quite a lot after removal...they need monitoring . It is not exactly something to take too lightly . you are smart to ask ! that makes you a good nurse
  4. by   Foreverlearning
    It has been my experience that a lot of facilities have their OWN policies.
    I used to be on a team that came up with policies, procedures & protocols for any dept that requested one . We did a fair amount of internet research .
    In some of my past jobs, we have adapted policies from other facilites, w/their consent of course .
  5. by   lpnstudentin2010
    My nurses have always removed my JP drain after my surgeries, and it is in my head.
  6. by   poksaladan
    I am in Arkansas and on the Orthopaedic unit we see many hemovac drains. We are thinking about letting our LPN's pull hemovac drains. Do you have any guidelines you would like to share? Thanks!