Care and Drainage of a Leg Catheter Bag

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How Do You Handle the Care and Drainage of a Leg CatheterBag? Wash and dry your hands. Put on disposable gloves. Place a paper towel under the connection of the catheter to the drainage tube. Disconnect the catheter from the drainage tubing. Wipe the end of the drainage tubing with an alcohol wipe and discard it into the plastic bag. … Read More

Care of Suprapubic Catheter

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How Do You Take Care of a Suprapubic Catheter? During your surgery, a suprapubic catheter was inserted through your lower abdomen into your bladder. The catheter helps your bladder rest and heal. It is generally left in place for 2-4 weeks after the surgery. Each morning and night, the dressing is changed and the skin around the catheter cleaned. This … Read More

Closed Urinary Drainage System

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What is a Closed Urinary Drainage System? A closed urinary drainage system consists of a catheter inserted into the urinary bladder and connected via tubing to a drainage bag. The catheter is retained in the bladder by an inflated balloon. The drainage of urine is totally dependent on gravity. Therefore, tubing and the drainage bag, to collect urine, must always … Read More

Emptying a Urinary Drainage Bag

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How Do You Empty a Urinary Drainage Bag? The drainage bag should be emptied at least daily, more often if it fills, in order to prevent infection in the system, reduce odors, and keep the system open and flowing.

Female Intermittent Self-Catheterization

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How Do You Catheterize Yourself? While you were in the hospital, you received instructions on how to insert a catheter into your own bladder and practiced the procedure until you could do it on your own.

Male Intermittent Self-Catheterization

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How Do You Male Catheterize Yourself? While you were in the hospital, you received instructions on how to insert a catheter into your own bladder and practiced the procedure until you could do it on your own.  

Caring for a Male External Urinary Collecting System

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How do you Care for a Male External Urinary Collecting System? When a man is unable to control his urine for long periods of time he is said to be incontinent. To avoid soiling his clothes and bed a condom-style sheath can be used to connect the penis to a closed drainage system in which the urine is collected. This … Read More

Recording Urine Output

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How Do You Record Urine Output? Following surgery, you may have a suprapubic catheter or be on a program of intermittent self- catheterization as your bladder recovers from the effects of surgery. To help your bladder heal, you will need to increase the time between self-catheterization or unplugging the suprapubic catheter until there is no need for a catheter. To … Read More