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Nursing Interventions &Tips for Answering Nursing Exam Questions On The Penrose Drain. Good for nclex, hesi and school.
Nursing Interventions &Tips for Answering Nursing Exam Questions On The Penrose Drain. 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. 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 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 position. Step 3 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. Step 4 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 infection
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