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Tru-Close Drain Care

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Dec 4, 2023.

What is a Tru-Close® drain and how does it work?

  • A Tru-Close® drain is a closed suction drainage system. It is used to remove fluids that build up in an area of your body. The drain is a device with squeezable bellows attached to a collection bag which is connected to a tube. One end of the tube is placed inside the area to be drained. The other end comes out through a small cut in your skin, called the drain site. The device is connected to this end. You may have one or more stitches to hold the tube in place.
  • The bellows on the device are squeezed flat to create suction in the tube. Fluid drains through the tube, through the bellows and into the collection bag. Ask your healthcare provider how to care for the drain at home.

How do I 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.

What are the risks of a Tru-Close® drain?

You may have some discomfort at your drain site. You may have trouble lying on the side with your drain. Your drain site may leak. The Tru-Close® drain may be pulled out by accident. The tubing may crack, break, or become blocked. The tubing may damage your tissue. You may have a scar. The drain site may get infected. The infection could spread inside your body.

When should I seek immediate care?

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

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

  • 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.

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You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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