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How should I empty a Jackson-Pratt wound drain?

Francis X. Downey, MD
Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular)

To empty your Jackson-Pratt wound drain:

1. Wash your hands.

2. Remove the stopper from the bulb.

3. Turn the bulb upside down over the measuring cup provided by your nurse.

4. Squeeze the contents into the cup.

5. While the bulb is still squeezed, replace the stopper.

6. Measure and flush the drainage down the toilet.

7. Wash your hands.

8. Record the amount of drainage on a chart. Each day, add the total drainage for 24 hours. Bring this information with you to your next follow-up appointment.

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