The Penrose drain: a safe, atraumatic colostomy bridge.

  title={The Penrose drain: a safe, atraumatic colostomy bridge.},
  author={Ren{\'e} Lafreni{\`e}re and Alfred S. Ketcham},
  journal={American journal of surgery},
  volume={149 2},
Because of the problems associated with the large, bulky bridges presently used for construction of loop ostomies, particularly complications of leaks and skin excoriation, we have studied the use of the Penrose drain as an alternative. This method has been time-tested on 45 patients and has been found to be safe, reliable, and inexpensive and has gained popularity among patients and ostomy nurses. The bulky colostomy bridge should no longer be accepted as a standard of care. 

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