Medical drain management needs to be improved. A four-time cancer survivor, with a long history of surgeries requiring drains says it’s time to change the patient experience.
"A patient wakes up to find drains and tubes attached to their body for at least a week," says Cinde Dolphin, creator of the KILI Medical Drain Carrier. "Then they're handed a safety pin as a management tool."
Medical drains are installed by physicians to siphon fluids away from the surgical area - preventing infection and other complications. Tubes, with drains, dangle off a patient’s body, attached with medical sutures to surface skin. Patients are told to use pins to suspend drains off their clothing. When it’s time to bathe, there’s nothing to pin drains to and the drain’s weight pulls against the suture. According to many patients, it’s painful. Very painful.
The Medical Drain Carrier is a mesh bag with a zipper opening and a waist tie-band. Drains are contained in the bag - allowing patients to be comfortable and mobile. The mesh carrier goes in the shower with the patient and dries quickly afterwards. Cinde's cancer is in remission. Her new goal is to provide patients with an effective medical drain management device. She developed a prototype based on experience — a surgery that required managing four Jackson Pratt drains for three weeks.
"I see it as an effective tool for patients to regain independence and mobility after surgical procedures," Dolphin says, "and ensure a healthy recovery."