J Korean Soc Plast Reconstr Surg.  2006 Jan;33(1):131-134.

New Approach to the Care of Suction Drain Insertion Site by Using Occlusive Transparent Film Dressing

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  • 1Department of Plastic Surgery, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea. ohdeuk1234@hanmail.net

Abstract

The closed suction drain is commonly inserted after various surgical procedures. It has an important role to prevent possible hematoma or seroma that can cause postoperative wound problems. But there is still no consensus on managing the insertion site of suction drain after operation. Suture-tie fixation of drain to skin and classical Y shape gauze dressing is a usually accepted method, but it has many limitations. We introduce a new approach to the care for the insertion site of suction drain by using occlusive transparent film dressing, IV3000(R)(Smith & Nephew, London, UK). By using transparent film, insertion site of drain can be easily checked without removal of dressing. Because it can reduce the tension of suture-tie fixation, it helps to prevent skin injury. Furthermore, occlusive film dressing can block air leakage from insertion site of drain, and the water-proof character of film allows patients to take a shower without dressing change. This new method is more convenient, more efficient, and less harmful to skin than classic one.

Keyword

Suction drainage; Occlusive dressings

MeSH Terms

Bandages*
Consensus
Hematoma
Humans
Occlusive Dressings
Seroma
Skin
Suction*
Wounds and Injuries
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