Canis ISSN: 2398-2942

Wound: drainage

Contributor(s): Alasdair Hotston Moore

Introduction

  • To remove unwanted material from tissue spaces.

Uses

  • Obliteration of dead space.
  • Elimination of subcutaneous collection of fluid (seroma Seroma , hematoma, pus) and gas.
  • Provide prophylaxis against anticipated fluid or gas accumulations, particularly in the presence of contamination.

Advantages

  • Easy to place and maintain.
  • Cheap.

Disadvantages

  • Increased infection rates compared with wounds in which drains are not placed.
  • Drain can act as a foreign body, causing irritation and interfering with wound healing.

Requirements

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Preparation

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Procedure

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Aftercare

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Outcomes

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

Other sources of information

  • Manual of Canine and Feline Wound Management and Reconstruction. (1999) Eds. Fowler D and Williams JM BSAVA, Cheltenham.
  • Small Animal Wound Management(2nd Edition) (1997) Swaim SF and Henderson RA. Williams and Wilkinson, Baltimore.


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