A surgical drain can be used as part of many cancer operations to remove blood and fluid from a wound after surgery has been completed.
The drain will usually be removed when the fluid collected is clear and is equal to or less than 50mls in a 24 hour period. This means they can be kept in from a few hours to a number of days; because of this some people are sent home with them.
When in hospital, or at home, due mainly to some embarrassment many people try to hide their surgical drain during visiting hours, especially if there are children around.
After a number of requests Blinking Thinking has manufactured drain bags. These can either be secured to a dressing gown belt or carried using the shoulder strap. Having a drain bag also makes the situation for the patient more comfortable and means mobility is easier during visiting hours and when back at home.