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Jackson-Pratt Drain
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

What is Jackson-Pratt Drain?

A Jackson-Pratt drain (or JP drain) is made of a thin rubber tube inserted into a soft, round squeeze bulb with a removable stopper. It is used to remove fluid that can collect inside your body after surgery, infection, or injury.

Fluid that collects inside the body can increase the chance of infection or other complications. The JP drain is placed routinely after some kinds of surgery if large amounts of drainage are expected. Also, a JP drain is often used to drain an abscess in the abdomen.

Abscesses from Diverticulitis
Abscesses from Diverticulitis
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Possible Complications

Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have a JP drain inserted, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection

Call Your Doctor

After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • You are unsure of how to care for your drain
  • Drainage is greenish in color or has a bad smell
  • Significant bleeding from the drain
  • Pain at the incision
  • Fever or chills
  • End of the tube comes out of the incision

In case of an emergency, CALL 911.