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Closed Suction Surgical Wound Drainage

When you have a wound, it goes through several healing processes, including bleeding and scabbing. As a result, it's also normal to have minimal to moderate discharge during the first week that appears thin, clear, or pale yellow. 

But if you notice pus or thick, discolored drainage, especially in large quantities, it can indicate infection. To avoid this infection you must go through post-surgical drainage treatment. You can also navigate to to schedule an appointment with a surgeon.

Drains have been used in surgery for several years to remove body fluids thereby preventing the accumulation of serous fluid and improving wound healing. Drainage systems are used to drain fluid, mostly blood, from surgical wounds after surgery. Drains may be classified as closed or open systems and active or passive depending on their intended function. 

A closed system uses a vacuum system to withdraw fluids and collects the drainage into a reservoir. Closed vacuum drains apply negative suction in a sealed environment, producing apposition of tissues and thus promoting healing. Closed systems must be emptied and measured at least once every shift and cleaned using sterile technique.

The drainage site is covered with a sterile dressing and should be checked periodically to ensure the drain is functioning effectively and that no leaking is occurring.