Felis ISSN 2398-2950

Wound: drainage

Contributor(s): Larry Booth, David Scarff

Introduction

  • To remove unwanted material from tissue spaces.

Uses

  • Obliteration of dead space.
  • Elimination of subcutaneous collection of fluid and gas.
  • Provide prophylaxis against anticipated fluid or gas accumulations.

Advantages

  • Easy to place and maintain.
  • Cheap.

Disadvantages

  • Increased infection rates compared with wounds not drained.
  • Drain can act as a large foreign body.

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) Fowler D & Williams J M (eds), BSAVA, Cheltenham.
  • Small Animal Wound Management. (2nd edn) (1997) Swaim S F & Henderson R A, Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore.


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