Reasons for Procedure
- After surgery if large amounts of drainage are expected
- To drain fluids from an abscess or other infected areas
- To drain fluids from injury associated with fluid build up
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- If you have been injured, your doctor may order imaging tests to see the fluid that has collected. Images may be taken with:
- Talk to your doctor about your medications. You may be asked to stop taking some medications up to one week before the procedure.
- Do not eat or drink anything for at least 8 hours before surgery.
- Arrange for a ride home from the hospital.
Description of the Procedure
Immediately After Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
How Much Will It Hurt?
Average Hospital Stay
- Learn how to empty and care for the drain at home.
- Ask your doctor if you can walk around with the JP drain.
- Avoid bumping the drain.
- Sleep on the side opposite of the drain. This will help you to avoid blocking the tubing or pulling it out of the suction bulb.
- Ask your doctor about when it is safe to shower, bathe, or soak in water.
- Ask your doctor what problems to watch for and when you should return for a follow-up appointment.
Call Your Doctor
- You are unsure of how to care for your drain
- Drainage is greenish in color or has a bad odor
- Significant bleeding from the drain
- Pain at the incision
- Other signs of infection, including fever or chills
- End of the tube comes out of the incision
National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/index.htm
National Library of Medicine http://www.nlm.nih.gov
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
Healthy Alberta http://www.healthyalberta.com
Care of the JP drain. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center website. Available at: http://www.upmc.com/patients-visitors/education/catheters/Pages/jp-drain-care.aspx. Accessed January 30, 2015.
How to care for the Jackson-Pratt drain. Clinical Center National Institutes of Health website. Available at: http://cc.nih.gov/ccc/patient%5Feducation/pepubs/jp.pdf. Accessed January 30, 2015.
Hughes S, Ozgur B, et al. Prolonged Jackson-Pratt drainage in the management of lumbar cerebrospinal fluid leaks. Surg Neurol. 2006;65:410-414.
- Reviewer: Daus Mahnke, MD
- Review Date: 01/2015 -
- Update Date: 05/07/2014 -
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