Drains: Everything You Need to Know

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Contact Hours: 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)

More Course Information

In this course you will learn about drain management.

Author: Meghan Jenkins, MSN, APRN

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of 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.

This course will take the average learner 125 minutes to complete and awards 2.5 contact hours of continuing education.

Target Audience: 

Registered Nurses (RN) 

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) 

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN/LVN) 

Requirement for completion:

Successful completion of all modules (course content, test, and evaluation).

Course Offering # 2

Continuing Education Provider Approval # 7-0090

Expiration: December 21, 2021

Nursing CE Central is an approved provider of continuing education per the KBN.

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.