FAQ (common questions)

Many people have the same or similar questions when it comes to drainage of pleural fluid or ascites. That is why we have developed this FAQ page. Here we offer answers to the most frequently asked questions to anyone who wants to know more. To facilitate your search for answers, the questions are arranged by category.

FAQ (common questions)

Many people have the same or similar questions when it comes to drainage of pleural fluid or ascites. That is why we have developed this FAQ page. Here we offer answers to the most frequently asked questions to anyone who wants to know more. To facilitate your search for answers, the questions are arranged by category.


About the catheter


Yes, if you have rolled up the catheter and placed it on the dressing material, and the adhesive dressing covers the entire dressing material properly.
Our recommendation: shower before draining and changing dressings. If the dressing gets wet in the shower, you can replace it immediately.

There is no limit to how long the catheter can remain in place. It rarely gets clogged and if it does, you can flush it. So there is no need to replace it as long as it works, unless there is evidence of infection associated with the catheter. Such signs may include redness, swelling, and noticeable heat. If you are not sure, ask your doctor.

You can also use the drainage kit abroad. Before you leave, you’ll need to order enough drainage kits. Our bag-sets are particularly suitable as they do not take up much space. When disposing of the drainage kit, please observe the local waste disposal regulations in your country.

The catheter can be removed by a doctor under local anaesthetic if necessary. One reason may be that the fluid stops filling up, but there are other reasons as well.

Yes, we have many years of experience in drainage of pleural effusion and ascites. Every year, hundreds of patients in Sweden receive an indwelling catheter. As a result, the patient regains some quality of life and can spend more time at home.

Yes, draining the fluid reduces or eliminates symptoms such as shortness of breath or stomach tension. Because you don’t have a drainage set connected when you’re not draining, you’re more mobile in everyday life. You can wear the catheter under a dressing that is not visible under your clothes.

Showering is possible with the catheter under a bandage. However, prolonged contact with water should be avoided, so swimming or bathing is not possible. We cannot recommend visiting a sauna either. This is both for hygienic reasons and because the catheter valve may start to leak at the high temperatures.

Talk to your doctor about this before you travel. The doctor can then make a recommendation based on your individual situation.

For a longer trip, you should also consider ordering enough drainage kits in advance. See also “can I go on holiday with the catheter? Even abroad?

If you experience any discomfort due to your catheter or fluid during your trip, you should immediately contact a doctor at your destination.

Yes, if you don’t handle the catheter correctly, you can damage it? Please read the instructions carefully.

About drainage


If you or your loved ones want to drain the fluid yourself, we will arrange with the health service for you to take the drainage kit home. You can choose whether you want us to send the material to your door. Or, if you prefer, you can pick it up at the nearest postal delivery point. If you have home health care that helps you, they may take the material with them.

Yes, but you will be offered training when you leave the hospital on how to drain the fluid. One of our staff, or staff from the hospital, will go through what you need to think about step by step. You will also receive information material on what you need to consider, so that you can review the information afterwards.

No, the drainage kit can only be used once. For hygiene reasons and because of the risk of infection, they must not be reused.

After drainage, the used drainage material is disposed of in residual waste. Observe local waste regulations. Ask your healthcare provider how to handle the material if, for example, you are on cytostatics or there is a risk of infection.

If, after drainage, your breathing is still not easy, you should contact your doctor. Your doctor knows your medical history and, after an examination, can explain why you are having trouble breathing.

If the colour or consistency of the liquid changes, it is not an acutely dangerous situation. Your treating doctor can explain the reason for this based on the course of your disease. However, if you get blood in the fluid, you should see your doctor immediately.

About stitches and bandages


The skin stitches (the stitches furthest from the exit point of the catheter) can be removed after 10 days. The fixation stitches (the stitches at the exit point of the catheter) should remain in place for at least 30 days.

The clinic at the hospital where the catheter was inserted can remove the stitches. But they can also be removed by home care or a health centre. If so, please take our Patient and drainage informationleaflet which shows when to take the stitches.

In the first week, the dressing can stay on for a week if it looks fine and there are no signs of infection. Then you should change the bandages at least twice a week. This is to detect a possible infection in good time.

You will find detailed descriptions under the headingChange bandage here on the website. Detailed descriptions are also available in our brochures and manuals. These can be found under Downloads/Mediabank.

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