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About: Leighton Hospital

This is not a complaint or a criticism, just a suggestion to improve the care to benefit all concerned. Recently my wife had a successful operation at Leighton. All the medical and nursing stafftook excellent care. (Rate 4.5 Stars). Suggestion: Usually the cannua is replaced after 3-4days to prevent infection and discomfort. This practice is not applied to a cathetor, particulrly the cathetor that drains the fluid from a wound. Such drainage tubes develop bloskages after a few days, probably due to blood clots in the tubes, stopping the drainage. Absence of flow leads to an assumption that the dranage is complete. A premature discontinuation of the procedure leads to a high possibility of infection. The patient then have to stay for 3-4days more in the hospital, consumes antibiotics, needs pathological monitoring etc, expensive stuff. Like in the case of cannula, if it is made a practice that the draining tube must be changed after 3-4 days, the possibility of the blockage could be avoided. This would save the bed occupancy, less discomfort to the patiend, less nursing and medical attention. This could save a large sum of money to NHS. It is an 'all win' situation. Alternative is to develop a quick test to confirm that the drain tube is definitely not blocked instead of relying on ones judgement. Undrained fluid must become viscous and not drainable after a few days so it is imparative that maximum amount of the fluid is removed. This is not a complaint. Just a suggestion.

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Response from Leighton Hospital

Thank you for your comments and interest in this subject. We always appreciate feedback from patients and any suggestions are always welcome and encouraged. In relation to the use of clinical equipment, we follow guidelines and pathways from the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (N.I.C.E.), research based best practice and other academic / clinical resources. We work within these boundaries using evidence based equipment in the best interest of our patients. We will, however, pass your suggestion to the relevant Surgeons for their careful consideration. Sandra Glover, Modern Matron, Surgery & Cancer Divsion

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