Gibson, SL and Lillie, AK (2019) Understanding Drain Management. Nursing Standard. (In Press)

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Nurses have an ethical, professional and legal duty of care when delivering care to patients. They must therefore practice effectively and preserve patient safety, yet literature reports that drain monitoring is a frequently undervalued aspect of patient care, and that the delivery of care is often inconsistent and inadequate. The potential implications of sub-optimal care are numerous and multifaceted in relation to the patient, nurses and team working. As more acute care is now being delivered in the community, there is a greater need for more nurses to have a greater understanding about drain care. This article describes the rationale for drain insertion and the associated complications. A case study will highlight how poor drain monitoring and documentation can negatively impact patient care and safety. Key elements of the case study will be discussed and how these can have additional far reaching consequences on nurses and wider team. Recognition of these elements facilitates initiatives that could be applied to practice to reduce similar events.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the accepted author manuscript (AAM), not the version of record. The final published version (version of record) will be available online via RCN Publishing at - please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher.
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Primary Care Health Sciences
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2019 13:10
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2019 13:13

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