Why you Need This
A closed suction drain is used to remove fluids that build up in areas of your body after surgery or when you have an infection. Although there is more than one brand of closed suction drains, this drain is often called a Jackson Pratt, or JP, drain.
The drain is made up of 2 parts:
- A thin rubber tube
- A soft, round squeeze bulb that looks like a grenade
One end of the rubber tube is placed in the area of your body where fluid may build up. The other end comes out through a small incision (cut). A squeeze bulb is attached to this outer end.
Ask your health care provider when you may take a shower while you have this drain. You may be asked to take a sponge bath until the drain is removed.
There are many ways to wear the drain depending on where the drain comes out of your body.
- The squeeze bulb has a plastic loop that can be used to pin the bulb to your clothes.
- If the drain is in your upper body, you can tie a cloth tape around your neck like a necklace and hang the bulb from the tape.
- There are special garments, such as camisoles, belts, or shorts that have pockets or Velcro loops for the bulbs and openings for the tubes. Ask your provider what might be best for you. Health insurance may cover the cost of these garments, if you get a prescription from your provider.