Don’t drain more than 1,000 mL from the chest or more than 2,000 mL from the abdomen in any one drainage. Always follow the advice from your doctor.
CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IF YOU HAVE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:
Shortness of breath that isn’t relieved after draining 1,000 mL from the chest or 2,000 mL from the abdomen at one time.
On-going pain or shortness of breath but little or no fluid is draining from the catheter.
Less than 25-50 mL drain during each drainage for 3 drainages in a row.
The appearance of your fluid changes a lot between drainages.
If you develop a fever (body temperature above 100.5°F [38°C]), notice redness, swelling, oozing or have pain at the exit site. These may be signs of infection that may requite treatment. Consult your doctor immediately.