FIGURE 1 A closed-suction drain exit site is secured with a mattress suture, and a finger-trap suture around the tubing prevents slipping.

After placement of a wound drain, there are specific steps needed to prevent nosocomial infection of the wound and exposure of the team and other patients to infectious material.

Drains are often placed to allow removal of fluid or air, to close dead space, and to prevent seroma formation. On rare occasions, drains may be used to provide medications such as local anesthetics. Drains should always be placed using aseptic technique, and exit sites should always be kept covered. 

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