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Penrose Drain

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What do I need to know about a Penrose drain?

A Penrose drain is a soft, flexible latex tube. The drain helps prevent infection by moving extra blood and fluids away from your surgery site. Part of the drain will be inside of your body. One or both ends of the drain will come out of a cut in your skin, called the drain site. There may be a safety pin at the end of the drain to keep the drain from going back into your body. The drain and surgery site will be covered with a dressing.

Penrose Drain

How long will my drain stay in place?

The amount of time your drain stays in place depends on:

How do I care for my drain at home?

Change your dressing at least 2 times each day. Change your dressing at the same times each day. Also, change your dressing if it gets wet or is loose.

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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