JP Drain Log Sheet


You may have drains placed during surgery. In some cases, the drains are removed before you are discharged from the hospital. However, since you will likely be discharged home with these drains in place, the following information may be helpful to you in understanding their purpose and how to care for them.

Drains help healing and reduce the risk of infection by removing the fluid at your surgical site. It is attached to a bulb or collection device, where you will see fluid and blood. You may feel some burning and pull from the stitch that holds the tube in place. Your drain will be removed when the fluid leaking from it is less than 30cc’s every day.

Caring for your Jackson Pratt at home will involve the following:

  1. First, milking the tubing to help move clots.
  2. Emptying it 3 – 4 times a day and recording the amount of output.
  3. Caring for your insertion site, the area where the catheter enters your skin. Clean with alcohol and a Q-tip and dress with gauze twice a day
  4. If you have more than one drain, make sure to measure and record each one separately. Please do not add them together.

*The content and images on this page are provided with the sole intention of educating potential patients on the procedure discussed above. Results vary per individual and are dependent on our doctor’s consultation prior to the procedure. We strongly recommend undergoing a formal consultation with a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon prior to scheduling and undergoing any surgical or non-surgical treatment.