What does normal wound drainage look like?
It is often thin and watery and will usually have a clear to yellowish or brownish appearance. Small amounts of serous drainage are normal during the first stages of healing. Continuous serous drainage may be a sign that there are high levels of bacteria living on the surface of the wound.
What color should my drain fluid be?
The color of the fluid usually begins as cranberry (blood tinged) and as the days after surgery go by, the color becomes pink or yellow. The more active you are, the more fluid will be produced. Sometimes increased activity can cause the color of the fluid to become cranberry after it has been yellow.
What color would be expected from drainage out of a large healthy properly healing wound?
Color: Wound drainage that is part of the healing process is usually clear or has a pale hue. Slightly colored drainage or discharge that changes color may be a sign of an infection.
What is the yellow fluid in my surgical drain?
Purulent drainage is a sign of infection. It’s a white, yellow, or brown fluid and might be slightly thick in texture. It’s made up of white blood cells trying to fight the infection, plus the residue from any bacteria pushed out of the wound. There may be an unpleasant smell to the fluid, as well.
How much drainage is normal after surgery?
The amount of serosanguineous fluid should decrease each day and the color of the fluid will turn light pink or light yellow. Your surgeon will usually remove the bulb when drainage is below 25 ml per day for two days in a row. On average, JP drains can continue to drain for 1 to 5 weeks.
What does a blood clot in a drain look like?
The blood clot appears as a dark, stringy lining. It could prevent the drainage from flowing through the tube. Try to strip the drain to move the clot into the bulb. If drainage is completely blocked from getting into the bulb, let your provider know.
When can a surgical drain be removed?
Generally speaking, a drain can be removed when there is less than 30 cubic centimeters (1 ounce) of fluid for two straight days or three weeks after surgery, whichever comes first. Having a drain removed usually does not hurt, but it can feel rather odd as the tubing slides out of the body.
How do I know if my JP drain is infected?
When should you call for help?
- You have signs of infection, such as: Increased pain, swelling, warmth, or redness around the area. Red streaks leading from the area. Pus draining from the area. A fever.
- You see a sudden change in the colour or smell of the drainage.
- The tube is coming loose where it leaves your skin.
What color is a healing wound?
Healthy granulation tissue is pink in colour and is an indicator of healing. Unhealthy granulation is dark red in colour, often bleeds on contact, and may indicate the presence of wound infection. Such wounds should be cultured and treated in the light of microbiological results.
What does infection drainage look like?
Wound drainage that has a milky texture and is gray, yellow, or green is known as purulent drainage. It could be a sign of infection. The drainage is thicker because it contains microorganisms, decaying bacteria, and white blood cells that attacked the site of the infection.
How do you tell if a wound is infected?
How to recognize a wound infection
- warm skin around the wound.
- yellow or green discharge coming from the wound.
- the wound giving off an unpleasant odor.
- red streaks on the skin around the wound.
- fever and chills.
- aches and pains.