dependent drainage

de·pen·dent drain·age

drainage from the lowest part and into a receptacle at a level lower than the structure being drained.
Synonym(s): downward drainage

de·pen·dent drain·age

(dĕ-pen'dĕnt drān'ăj)
Drainage from the lowest part and into a receptacle at a level lower than the body structure being drained.
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In a recently published review of the current understanding and study-based directives on reducing CAUTI, Tambyah and Oon (2012) state that "all guidelines agree that ensuring dependent drainage significantly reduced the risk of CAUTI (the drainage tubing should be below the level of the patient's bladder but above the level of the collection bag)" (p.
Described in 1880 by Mikulicz, an inferior meatal antrostomy was a commonly performed sinus procedure for maxillary sinus disease, (5,6) The rationale for performing this procedure was that dependent drainage of secretions would be expected.
A large, prospective study monitored compliance on a daily basis with seven recommended precepts for catheter care, including closed drainage, dependent drainage including proper position of the drainage tubing and collection bag, and protection of the drainage port; the only violation predictive of an increased risk of CAUTI was improper position of the drainage tube, above the level of the bladder or sagging below the level of the collection bag (RR 1.
2010) recommend ensuring dependent drainage as appropriate management of Foley drainage systems.
Dependent drainage through an inferior antrostomy may benefit patients with disturbed mucociliary transport--for example, patients with cystic fibrosis or those who have undergone mucosal stripping during a Caldwell-Luc procedure.

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