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What is a Jackson Pratt drain?

A Jackson-Pratt drain (or JP drain) is made of a clear, thin rubber tube (which is typically inserted inside your body after a surgery or a procedure) inserted into a clear, soft, round squeeze bulb with a removable stopper (which sits outside your body and whose contents are emptied regularly).

The JP drain is used to passively remove fluid that can collect inside your body after surgery, infection, or injury. 

The National Institutes of Health offer an easy to read document on how to care for the drain.  Here is a link.   

http://www.cc.nih.gov/ccc/patient_education/pepubs/jp.pdf

 

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