Sinapi Chest Drain


The Sinapi Chest Drain is a chest drainage unit incorporating a dry seal, blood collection reservoir, air leak detector, suction bulb, drainage tap and suction regulator on some units. The first clinical trial (Cooper & Hardcastle, 2006) comparing the Sinapi Chest Drain with UWD’s showed a 24% reduction in drainage time (penetrating chest trauma). 

  • Monitoring and management requires little intervention from staff.
  • Device set up is quick and simple.
  • Only 1 Sinapi Chest Drain is required for the entire hospital stay of the patient. It may be emptied rather than replaced.
  • It is used for:

    1. The evacuation of fluid and air from the mediastinal and pleural cavity in post-operative and trauma situations.
    2. The prevention of fluid and air re-accumulation in the mediastinal and pleural cavity.
    3. The facilitation of lung re-expansion and restoration of normal breathing dynamics.

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    Sinapi Chest Drain

    How to Use

    Mobile patients

    Shorten the chest catheter (under aseptic technique) or position on the opposite side of the affected lung to allow free flow of liquid (no loops) (fig.1.) For pneumothorax, remove the drainage bag.



    Fig. 1



    Allow drainage by hanging the device next to the bed, lower than the chest (fig 2). Routinely drain fluids via the bottom outlet tap or before it reaches maximum volume. When moving/turning patient you may place the device on its back on the bed – as long as the liquid in the reservoir remains less than the maximum volume indication.


    Fig. 2

    Sinapi Chest Drain

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