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Help your cardiac, thoracic and pediatric patients get back on their feet quickly

Getinge offers a full line of thoracic drainage products, as well as a line of mobile drains to facilitate early ambulation. With decades of experience as the leader in thoracic drainage products, Getinge sets the bar for clinical performance.

Chest tube dressings: Evidence–based recommendations for practice

Chest tube dressing care is repeatedly questioned, yet completely lacking in research for guidance.

General surgical site guidelines recommend protecting the incision with a sterile dressing for 24 to 48 hours. Caregivers are advised to perform proper hand hygiene, and then use an aseptic no-touch technique or full sterile technique for removing or changing dressings. Use sterile saline for wound cleansing for the first 48 hours post-op, avoid topical antimicrobial agents when wounds are healing by primary intention, and aggressively manage patients' postoperative glucose levels.[1] [2] [3]

Hints for assessing the water seal

It's easy to get confused when trying to interpret what is happening in the water seal. Let us show you how to assess the status of your chest drain.

View a demo video

Are you still milking and stripping chest tubes?

A clotted chest tube takes valuable nursing time to manage, and maintaining chest tube patency is a crucial element of postoperative care that falls squarely on nurses caring for these patients. Most hospital protocols do not allow for milking and stripping of chest tubes. Evidence-based research supports this change in practice.

Download a bibliography of suggested readings on chest tube stripping

Wet suction or dry suction: Which system is a better fit for your practice?

While both options protect the patient, there are reasons that clinicians choose one over the other. The variety of user-friendly features on our drains can help you decide which chest drain is right for your facility.

Learn more about wet and dry suction

All references

  1. 1. National Collabrating Centre for Women's and Children's Health. Surgical site infection: prevention and treatment of surgical site infection. London, U.K.: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE);2008.

  2. 2. Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement. Perioperative protocol. Bloomington, MN: Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI);2010.

  3. 3. Mangram AJ, et al.: Hospital Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee. Guideline for prevention of surgical site infection. American Journal of Infection Control. 1999;27:97-134.