• Closed-suction catheter drains offer many advantages over previously used systems in head and neck surgery. Occlusion of drains with either tissue fragments or thrombus, however, is a relatively common problem. Several methods have been proposed to restore flow to obstructed drains. These methods are reviewed and a new method is described that is efficacious, avoids wound contamination, and is relatively inexpensive.
(Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 1987;113:57-58)
Wackym PA, Ellison DE, Ward PH. A New Technique to Maintain Closed-Suction Drainage Catheter Function. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1987;113(1):57–58. doi:10.1001/archotol.1987.01860010061015
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