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Short reports and correspondence| Volume 56, ISSUE 3, P313, April 2003

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Syringe suction drain—II

      Sir,
      Haematoma formation can be prevented by effective suction drainage using commercially available or improvised vacuum suction drains.
      • Moss A.L.H.
      The DIY mini suction drain.
      • Singh A.
      • Thind M.S.
      • Mander K.S.
      • Singh G.P.
      We have devised a new technique of effective vacuum suction drainage for small operated areas. A 20 ml disposable syringe is attached to the outer end of a scalp-vein cannula or tubing (with multiple holes cut at one end) in the operated area. Vacuum is created in the syringe by pulling the piston out and keeping it in a drawn-out position by putting a K-wire through it transversely just outside the barrel (Fig. 1) . The syringe is strapped to the dressing for the convenience of the patient. This has been found to be a very simple, effective and inexpensive method of vacuum suction drainage in emergencies where adequate alternatives are not available.
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      Figure 1The cannula put into the operative field, and the syringe attached at its outer end. The piston is drawn out (thus creating a vacuum) and kept in its drawn-out position by passing a K-wire transversely through it.
      Yours faithfully,

      References

        • Moss A.L.H.
        The DIY mini suction drain.
        Br J Plast Surg. 1987; 40: 542-543
        • Singh A.
        • Thind M.S.
        • Mander K.S.
        • Singh G.P.
        Br J Plast Surg. 1992; 45: 484-485