Health Education

Caring For Your Hemovac Drain At Home

You have had a Hemovac drain placed under your skin during surgery to remove any blood or other fluids that may collect there. You do not need to stay in the hospital until the drain is removed. You will need to empty the drain two times a day, or as your doctor has ordered. Your nurse will show you how to empty and take care of your drain. The following instructions will help you at home. If you have any questions ask your doctor or nurse.

How to empty your Hemovac drain:
  1. Obtain a measuring cup.
  2. Wash your hands and unpin the Hemovac drain from your clothes.
  3. Remove the stopper from the pouring spout and let the Hemovac drain expand.
    Note: To prevent infection DO NOT let the stopper or the top of the open Hemovac drain touch anything (see picture 1 below).
  4. Pour all of the liquid out into a measuring cup.
  5. Now, place the Hemovac drain on a table or flat surface and use one hand to squeeze or press all of the air out of the drainage container (see picture 2). With the drain still squeezed together (or compressed), use your other hand to put the stopper back into the spout.
    Note: Keeping the Hemovac drain compressed helps to remove drainage from under the skin.
  6. If Hemovac tubing becomes disconnected from the Hemovac, you can reconnect it.
  7. Pin the Hemovac drain back onto your clothes. This will help prevent the Hemovac drain from being pulled out by mistake.
  8. Write down the date, time and amount of drainage and bring this record to your first doctor's visit.
  9. Discard the fluid into the toilet.
  10. Wash your hands.