Early drain removal following modified radical mastectomy: a randomized trial.


The dilemma of increasing costs of medical care and shrinking health budgets has stimulated attempts to implement stricter control on expenditure without affecting the quality of care. This study shows that in patients with operable breast cancer, a policy of early discharge after a mastectomy did not have deleterious effects on wound healing and was well accepted by patients. In a randomized trial, drains were removed after either 3 or 6 days postmastectomy, and in both groups of patients there was no difference between the mean volumes of seromas aspirated or the number of aspirations and return visits to the hospital. This suggests that a policy of early discharge is safe, acceptable, economical, and may improve bed utilization.

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@article{Parikh1992EarlyDR, title={Early drain removal following modified radical mastectomy: a randomized trial.}, author={Hemen K. Parikh and Rajendra A. Badwe and Catherine M. Ash and Hussein H Hamed and Ruffo de Freitas and Murid A. Chaudary and Ian S. Fentiman}, journal={Journal of surgical oncology}, year={1992}, volume={51 4}, pages={266-9} }