Jackson-Pratt Drain Care


What is a Jackson-Pratt drain and how does it work?

How do I change the bandage around my Jackson-Pratt drain? If you have a bandage, change it once a day. You may need to change your bandage more than once a day if it gets completely wet.

How do I empty the Jackson-Pratt drain? Empty the bulb when it is half full or every 8 to 12 hours.

When will my Jackson-Pratt drain be removed? The amount of fluid that you drain will decrease as your wound heals. The JP drain usually is removed when less than 30 milliliters (2 tablespoons) is collected in 24 hours. Ask your caregiver when and how your JP drain will be removed.

What are the risks of having a Jackson-Pratt drain? The JP drain site may be painful. You may have trouble lying on the side with your JP drain. Your JP drain site may leak. The JP drain may be pulled out by accident. The tubing may get blocked, crack, or break. The tubing may damage your tissue. You may have a scar. The JP drain site may get infected. This infection could spread inside your body.

When should I call my caregiver? Call your caregiver if:

When should I seek immediate help? Seek immediate help if :


You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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