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Nursing Interventions &Tips for Answering Nursing Exam Questions On The Penrose Drain

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					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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