Hospitals & Services
Chest drains are only to be removed when all of the following criteria are met.
Chest drainage is less than 50 ml per bottle over 3 hours & total drainage of all drains in 24 hours is less than or equal to 1200ml.
If these criteria are not met, chest drains are to remain insitu for a further 24 hours.
"After Hours": Chest drains should only be removed "after hours" following consultation with Mr Singh / Mr McCrystal.
Mediastinal and Pericardial drains are to be removed when:
Pleural drains ("Blake™")
"After hours": Chest drains are to be removed "after hours" if above criteria has been met. The ICU Registrar must be alerted to drain removal prior to drains being removed.