Wound Drainage Care: Removing Drain from Wound

When a wound occurs, wound drainage care is a necessity. This allows the wound to heal more quickly and effectively. According to about.com, drainage is a normal part of the healing process and can occur shortly after a wound has been sustained.
 Your health care needs can be better met once a wound is drained and properly cared for. For example, wound care tape is an essential tool to use through the drainage process. 
Types of drainage
Even though drainage is perfectly normal, there are various types of drainage to be made aware of, including:
Serious drainage is clear but could also appear yellowish in color. It is thin and watery and usually occurs within 48-72 hours after the wound begins to heal.
Serosanguinous discharge is also thin and watery and is comprised of blood and serum. It can take on a more pinkish color.
Sanguinous drainage is considered abnormal and contains a larger amount of blood. This may mean the wound wasn’t handled properly. 
Hemorrhage is a type of severe bleeding. It can be potentially fatal. You must seek out the aid of a health care professional immediately.
Pus is another abnormal type of drainage. It can take on the form of many colors including white, gray, yellow, brown, etc. It can also emit a foul odor and is also abnormal.

After An Incision 
Wound drainage care after an incision can vary widely dependent upon the amount of discharge and the particular type. 
A good way to control drainage is through the use of dressings and wound care tape. 
Tapes include:
Reliamed Clear Surgical Tape, Latex Free by Milliken Medical is hypoallergenic and porous, which allows the wound to breathe. It is also water-resistant.
3M Microfoam Tape by 3M Healthcare is a highly elastic foam tape that is water resistant. It can easily be stretched in multiple directions and provides excellent compression. 
Micropore First Aid Paper Tape by Invacare is convenient, economical and holds well over various types of dressings.
When dealing with a draining wound, you must ensure that it remains clean and sterile. Wound drainage care must involve cleaning the wound with water and washing hands before touching a wound. During the treatment process, you should apply a dressing over the wound and secure it properly with wound care tape. 
A health care professional can answer any additional questions that you may have regarding your particular type of wound. 

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