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The normative distribution of chest tube drainage volume after coronary artery bypass grafting

Wynne, Rochelle, Botti, Mari, Copley, Deana and Bailey, Michael 2007, The normative distribution of chest tube drainage volume after coronary artery bypass grafting, Heart & Lung: the journal of acute and critical care, vol. 36, no. 1, pp. 35-42, doi: 10.1016/j.hrtlng.2006.05.006.

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Title The normative distribution of chest tube drainage volume after coronary artery bypass grafting
Author(s) Wynne, Rochelle
Botti, MariORCID iD for Botti, Mari
Copley, DeanaORCID iD for Copley, Deana
Bailey, Michael
Journal name Heart & Lung: the journal of acute and critical care
Volume number 36
Issue number 1
Start page 35
End page 42
Publisher Mosby, Inc.
Place of publication St.Louis, MO
Publication date 2007-01
ISSN 0147-9563
Summary Background
Little evidence exists to describe expected volumes of chest tube (CT) drainage after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG).

The study objective was to map the trajectory of CT drainage volumes from insertion to removal after CABG.


This was a retrospective, descriptive study.
The study included 239 patients who underwent CABG at a single metropolitan hospital in Melbourne, Australia.

The sample (N = 234), aged 68.7 years (standard deviation [SD] 9.9), was predominantly male (N = 185, 79.1%). The mean duration of CT insertion was 45.2 hours (SD 26.7), and total drainage volume was 1300.6 mL (SD 763.8). Drainage volumes plateau to 31 mL per hour, 8 hours after surgery. From 24 to 48 hours, the mean drainage was 21 mL per hour. Drainage volumes varied between genders.

Evidence of similar drainage patterns in other populations is difficult to locate. If the pattern of drainage shown in this study is consistent, experimental intervention studies comparing standard removal time and earlier removal are recommended. If not, prospective collection of relevant preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative factors across multiple sites is necessary to determine which patient or practice variations influence CT drainage patterns after CABG.

Notes Available online 16 January 2007.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.hrtlng.2006.05.006
Field of Research 111004 Clinical Nursing: Tertiary (Rehabilitative)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, Mosby, Inc
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Collection: School of Nursing and Midwifery
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