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Contact Hours Awarded: 2.5

Drains are often placed in patients to allow for drainage of a site. The most common indication for drains is to evacuate abscesses/infection. Nurses caring for patients with drains are often intimidated and overwhelmed. In this CE course you will learn about drain management and how care for patients with drains.

Course outline:

  1. Introduction
  2. Types of Drains
  3. Infections 101: A Brief History of Drains
  4. Patient Considerations for Percutaneous Drain Placement
  5. Image-Guided Drainage: How Does it Work?
  6. Drain Management
  7. How to Flush a Drain Using a Three-way Stopcock
  8. Properties of a Well-Functioning Drain
  9. Is this Normal? Drain Troubleshooting
  10. Summary
  11. References (Bibliography)

Accreditation statement: Nursing CE Central is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

More course information

In this course you will learn about drain management. It will take the average learner 125 minutes to complete.

After completing this course, the learner will be able to:

  1. Differentiate and describe different types of drains.
  2. Identify indications for drains.
  3. Describe the basic management of drains, including basic troubleshooting.

Target audience: 

Registered Nurses (RN)

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN)

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN/LVN)

Requirement for completion:

1.) Enrollment in the course by the learner

2.) Read and learn all course materials

3.) Complete the course evaluation

4.) Attest and testify learning of the course materials

Course offering: # 2

Accreditations and approvals:

ANCC (Provider# P0614)
California BRN (Provider# 17418)
Kentucky Board of Nursing (Provider# 7-0090)

Course expiration date: March 1, 2022

Conflict of interest statement: Nursing CE Central nor any of the authors, planners, content experts or any contributors have a commercial interest nor were influenced by commercial interests in the creation of this course, financially or otherwise.

Course Content

Total learning: 1 lesson Time: 15 days


Meghan Jenkins, MSN, APRN

Meghan is an acute care nurse practitioner with an extensive work history within the Intervention Radiology department. She is a graduate of Middle State University and is currently practicing with an interventional radiology group in Nashville, TN.


In this course you will learn about drain management.