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Tru-close Drain Care

DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:

Seek care immediately if:

  • Your drain breaks or comes out.
  • You are bleeding from your drain site.
  • The drainage from your drain site smells bad or looks different.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You suddenly stop draining fluid or think your drain is blocked.
  • You have a fever higher than 101.5°F (38.6°C) and chills.
  • You have increased pain, redness, or swelling around the drain site.
  • You have questions or concerns about your drain care.

Empty the drain:

Empty the drain when it is half full or every 4 to 8 hours:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Empty the fluid in the bellows into the bag.
  • Unscrew the port on the bottom of the bag over a measuring cup.
  • Let the fluid drain into the cup.
  • Clean the port with an alcohol swab or a cotton ball dipped in rubbing alcohol.
  • Squeeze the bellows flat and screw the port closed.
  • Make sure the tubing is not kinked or twisted. Refasten to your clothes below your surgery site so it does not pull at your skin.
  • Measure the amount of fluid you pour out. Write down how much fluid you empty from the drain and the date and time you collected it. Bring this record with you to your follow-up visits.
  • Flush the fluid down the toilet. Wash your hands.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Your drain will be monitored. Your healthcare provider may remove the drain during your visit. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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