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Drains: Everything You Need to Know

Contact Hours Awarded: 2.5

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Course Overview

Drains: Everything You Need to Know
Shane Slone

Author: Meghan Jenkins

Drains are often placed in patients to allow for drainage of a site. The most common indications for drains is to evacuate abscesses, infections, and/or excess fluids. 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

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.

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

Course Objectives

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

Accreditations + Approvals

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) (P0614)
  • California Board of Registered Nursing (CEP 17418)
  • Kentucky Board of Nursing (7-0090)
  • Louisiana State Board of Nursing (58)
  • New York State Department of Education (IC 208)
  • Florida Board of Nursing (50-23983)

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.

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Course Created on: March 01, 2019

Course Renewed on: February 23, 2022

Course Expires on: February 23, 2025

Course Offering: #2