Postoperative drainage in head and neck surgery.

  title={Postoperative drainage in head and neck surgery.},
  author={Ida Amir and Pradeep Morar and Antonio Belloso},
  journal={Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England},
  volume={92 8},
INTRODUCTION A major factor affecting patients' length of hospitalisation following head and neck surgery remains the use of surgical drains. The optimal time to remove these drains has not been well defined. A routine practice is to measure the drainage every 24 h and remove the drain when daily drainage falls below 25 ml. This study aims to determine whether drainage measurement at shorter intervals decreases the time to drain removal and hence the length of in-patient stays. PATIENTS AND… CONTINUE READING


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