Surgical Drains – A Helpful Hint

02 May

For those of you out there who are also dealing with closed-system surgical drains, I just discovered a helpful hint for moving clogs. With this type of drain you’ll get white cell strings and clots. Sometimes those will collect at the point where the drain tube eners your body. This can cause all kinds of interesting stabbing pains as more matter tries to flow into the tube but is partially blocked by the other sediment already there.

I had buildup about 1 and 1/2 inches long. So I took a heating pad and placed it over the spot where the clog is. The heat disolved most of the clog and the rest except for 1/4 inch stripped away relatively painlessly. I’m waiting for the heating pad to cool off a bit and I’ll put it back on that last little bit with the hopes that the heat will disolve the rest of this clog.

An added benefit, the heat also relaxed my back muscles after being in such pain earlier. Gotta love extra benefits like that.


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