Dr. Harness shares how loved ones can ensure they provide proper care for a mastectomy patient.
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Mastectomy - How Families Can Provide Due Care Well the number one thing is hopefully the caregiver is there when we do the training. And we do drain management training and the other aspects of the care in the breast center way before the surgery and then we have the nurses at the time of discharge go through all the steps again. And so it’s really important that whoever the caregiver is, it could your husband, it could be another relative, it could be a grown child, friends whoever they are, it's critical that they be trained. If they’re intimidated by they drains, then don’t scrape them properly and whenever the drains could not function properly, that’s a real problem. The bulb that we collect the fluids can become disconnected. We need to teach on how to make sure that—how to reconnect it, how to measure the output properly. And so, we need to empower the caregivers to make sure that they feel comfortable.