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January 1987

A New Technique to Maintain Closed-Suction Drainage Catheter Function

Author Affiliations

From the Divisions of Head and Neck Surgery (Drs Wackym, Ellison, and Ward) and Neurosurgery (Dr Wackym), UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1987;113(1):57-58. doi:10.1001/archotol.1987.01860010061015

• 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)

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