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Wound drainage appliances can be used in the management of wounds and fistulas with significant levels of exudate, where conventional dressings would need to be changed more frequently.
The volume of wound drainage is determined by the surface area and type of the wound; large wounds like skin donor sites or burns frequently have a much greater volume of wound drainage. However, as the healing progresses, the wound drainage of any size or type of wound usually decreases.
Wound drainage appliances are to be prescribed on the advice of a registered nurse following their assessment of the wound / fistulae, for further information on suitability of other wound drainage appliances please contact Tissue Viability.
Topical negative pressure wound therapy can be employed on wounds that are painful and have significant drainage, see section 17.6.1 Topical negative pressure therapy