Jackson Pratt drain (JP drain): Care at home

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Your child may have been outfitted with a Jackson Pratt (JP) drain during their surgery. With this information, you can properly care for a JP drain at home.

Key points

  • Empty the bulb twice a day at 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.
  • Record the amount of fluid collected in the bulb.
  • If the tube comes out at home and your child has problems breathing, call 911 right away or go to the nearest Emergency Department.
  • If the bulb falls off at home, clamp it and tape gauze to the end to keep it clean. Call your child's health-care provider right away.
Last updated: December 9th 2010