A Jackson-Pratt drain (or JP drain) is rubber tubing that may be placed after surgery. It may also be used with infections or injury that can cause a buildup of fluid.
Fluid that collects inside the body can increase the chance of infection or other complications. The JP drain allows fluids to move out of the body. The drain may be placed:
- After surgery if large amounts of drainage are expected
- To drain fluids from an abscess or other infected areas
- To drain fluids from injury associated with fluid build up
Last reviewedMarch 2014by Daus Mahnke, MD
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