Bonnie J. Baldwin, M.D.
Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery
Office (713) 791-1975
Fax (713) 796-2583
Wound Care for Your Drain
You will need to care for the skin at your drain site
daily. Do not
take a shower until the
drains are removed. You will cover the drain site with antibiotic ointment once a day until the
drain is removed.
It is important this area remains clean and that you look for any signs of infection.
This can be
done at the time you clean the drain site and care for the suture line. The following
information will help you care for your drains and drain sites at home.
Supplies You Will Need
May be obtained at any drug store
Tape (paper or dressing tape)
Antibacterial ointment
Cotton swabs
Gauze pads, 2 inch by 2 inch
Hydrogen peroxide
Gather all your supplies in a clean, dry area.
Remove and throw away your soiled dressing.
Wash your hands with soap and water.
Use a cotton swab or Q-tip, dipped in hydrogen peroxide to clean around the drain
site. Start where the drain tube enters the skin.
Clean in a circular motion moving
outward, away from the drain site.
Use a new swab with each cleaning.
Do not
the same cotton swab twice.
When cleaning, lift the drain tubing as needed to clean under it.
Make sure that all
drainage, dried blood, or crust is removed with each cleaning.
The drain is secured to the skin with a stitch.
Make sure the stitch remains attached to
the skin.
If the stitch becomes loose, the tube may come out. Notify our office if the
stitch is not in place.
Apply antibacterial ointment generously around entry site of skin.