Reasons for Procedure
- After surgery if large amounts of drainage are expected
- To drain fluids from an abscess or other infected areas
- To drain fluids from injury associated with fluid build up
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- If you have been injured, your doctor may order imaging tests to see the fluid that has collected. Images may be taken with:
Talk to your doctor about your medicines. You may be asked to stop taking some medicines up to one week before the procedure, like:
- Anti-inflammatory drugs (such as aspirin)
- Blood thinners, such as clopidogrel or warfarin
- Do not eat or drink anything for eight hours before surgery.
- Arrange for a ride home from the hospital.
Description of the Procedure
Immediately After Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
How Much Will It Hurt?
Average Hospital Stay
- Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions.
- Learn how to empty and care for the drain at home.
- Ask your doctor if you can walk around with the JP drain.
- Avoid bumping the drain.
- Sleep on the side opposite of the drain. This will help you to avoid blocking the tubing or pulling it out of the suction bulb.
- Ask your doctor about when it is safe to shower, bathe, or soak in water.
- Ask your doctor what problems to watch for and when you should return for a follow-up appointment.
Call Your Doctor
- You are unsure of how to care for your drain
- Drainage is greenish in color or has a bad smell
- Significant bleeding from the drain
- Pain at the incision
- Fever or chills
- End of the tube comes out of the incision
National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/index.htm
National Library of Medicine http://www.nlm.nih.gov
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/index%5Fe.html
Healthy U http://www.healthyalberta.com
Care of the JP drain. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center website. Available at: http://patienteducation.upmc.com/Pdf/JPDrain.pdf. Accessed March 6, 2008.
Caring for your Jackson Pratt drainage system. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center website. Available at: http://www.mskcc.org/patient%5Feducation/shared/graphics/patienteducation/Patient%5FEducation%5FPublications/Self-Care/CaringForYourJacksonPrattDrainageSystem.pdf. Updated 2004. Accessed September 9, 2009.
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 03/2013
- Update Date: 03/18/2013