How to Answer Nursing Exam Questions On The Penrose Drain

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Step 1 penrose drain

What is it and what does it look like
A drain is inserted into or near a wound if more than a minimal amount of drainage is expected.The penrose drain is the most commonly used drain. It is a length of tubing made of flexible, soft rubber and causes little tissue reaction

Step 2 placement of penrose drain

How does it workIt works by drawing any drainage through through the tubing and out through the incision or stab wound .The penrose drain drains directly onto the dressing and skin around the incision or stab wound. To mainatain its placement, a large safety pin is placed on the tube outside the wound to maintain its position.

Step 3 dressing the drain

Know how to change the dressing around the drainCheck the dressing to see if it is damp since the drainage is accumulating in the dressing. Remove the damp dressing and clean the area around the drain and incision. Apply a new dresing change (gauze) aftr this.The tube is pulled out and cut shorter as the wound heals and should still anchored with a safety pin after cutting.

Step 4

Know how to assess the wound for complications or signs of good healingWhen you change the dressing, assess the area by checking/inspecting the dressing


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