Nursing Interventions &Tips for Answering Nursing Exam
Questions On The Penrose Drain.
Drains are used during post operative management of wounds and incision sites
and a penrose drain may be used. You may be tested on this in school or on the
HESI. Here are a few things that are good to know.
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
placement of penrose drain
How does it work
It works by drawing any drainage 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 maintain its placement, a
large safety pin is placed on the tube outside the wound to maintain its
dressing the drain
Know how to change the dressing around the drain
Check 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 dressing change (gauze) after this. The tube
is pulled out and cut shorter as the wound heals and should still anchored
with a safety pin after cutting.
Know how to assess the wound
When you change the dressing, assess the area by checking for drainage and
record its amount, color, consistency, and odor.
Assess for patency of the drainage system and also check for signs of