Gibson, SL and Lillie, AK (2019) Effective drain care and management in community settings. Nursing Standard. ISSN 2047-9018

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The literature indicates that drain monitoring is a frequently undervalued aspect of patient care, and that the drain care provided is often inconsistent and inadequate. There are numerous potential implications of suboptimal drain care for patients, nurses, teams and healthcare organisations. Since acute care is increasingly being delivered in the community, there is a greater need for nurses to have an understanding of effective drain care. This article describes the rationale for drain insertion and its associated complications. It uses a case study to illustrate how suboptimal drain monitoring and documentation can negatively affect patient care and safety. This article also discusses several important issues raised in the case study, such as suboptimal documentation, and how these may have consequences for nurses, teams and healthcare organisations. Recognition of these elements supports initiatives that nurses could apply to practice to reduce the occurrence of similar incidents.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The final accepted version of this article and all relevant information can be found at;
Uncontrolled Keywords: communication, community, community care, nursing care, observations, patient safety, patients, professional issues, record-keeping
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Nursing and Midwifery
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Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2020 13:06
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2020 13:06

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