Thursday, July 25, 2024


Table of Contents


  1. A trolley containing the following:
    1. Top shelf (a Sterile field with the following sterile items)
      1. Two (2) or three (3) gallipots for lotions
      2. Two (2) kidney dish
      3. Two (2) pairs of dressing forceps
      4. Two (2) pairs of dissecting forceps
      5. Sinus forceps
      6. Probe
      7. Sterile pair of scissors
    2. Bottom shelf with the following:
      1. Dressing lotion
      2. Sterile cotton and gauze swab in a drum/pack
      3. Mackintosh and dressing towel
      4. Adhesive tape/strip
      5. Bandage
      6. A pair of scissors
      7. Apron
      8. Disposable gloves
      9. Sterile gloves
      10. Receiver for used dressings


  1. Establish rapport
  2. Explain procedure to patient and reassure him/her
  3. Provide privacy
  4. Perform hand hygiene
  5. Prepare and send tray to patient’s bedside
  6. Protect bed linen with dressing mackintosh and towel
  7. Position patient to expose wound site and fold over bed clothing
  8. Wear disposable gloves and open wound
  9. Remove soiled dressing from the wound and assess the wound for signs of healing and leakage of exudate
  10. Remove gloves and perform hand hygiene
  11. Wear sterile gloves
  12. Grasp the protruding end of the drainage tube with an artery forceps and clip/clamp the tube in position
  13. Remove any stitch holding the drainage tube in position with the scissors
  14. Gently turn/twist the drainage tube with the wound to loose it if it is a tubular drain
  15. Use the forceps gently to pull the drain out of the wound for a distance
  16. Cut the excess tubing off with sterile scissor if it is a corrugated/penrose drain
  17. Swab with cleansing lotion until clean
  18. Apply sterile dressing and apply adhesive strips/plaster
  19. Note amount of drainage and document
  20. Dispose off used items, decontaminate trolley and instruments
  21. Document findings in patient’s chart