You will need to have the procedure in the hospital. If you are not already an inpatient, you will receive details to be admitted into hospital from your referring Doctor/ Specialist Nurse. However, this procedure does not always involve an overnight stay.
When you are admitted to the ward, the Nurse will need to ask you some questions to complete a nursing assessment; they will also need to take some blood samples to ensure that your bloods are in range for the procedure.
The blood samples can sometimes be taken the day before the procedure, your referring Doctor / Specialist Nurse can discuss this with you.
We advise that you can drink and eat a light breakfast, such as cereal or toast before the procedure, and you may take your normal medications.
However, if you are taking blood thinners such as Aspirin, Warfarin, Clopidogrel, Apixaban or Rivaroxaban please contact the Doctor/ Specialist Nurse that referred you for the drain, as they may need to give you instructions on stopping these safely before you can have the ascitic drain inserted.