Monitoring Your Blood Sugar

How Do You Monitor Your Blood Sugar? Monitoring and tightly controlling your blood sugar level can significantly reduce the risk of complications due to diabetes and provide you with a higher quality of life. Knowledge of your blood sugar levels at different times of the day is an essential input into your diabetes care plan and allows you and your … Read More

Injecting Insulin

How Do You Inject Insulin? The goal is to inject the insulin into the subcutaneous tissue between the top layer of the skin, the dermis and the underlying muscle layer. The only concentration of insulin available in the United States is 100 units per milliliter. A milliliter is equal to a cubic centimeter. All insulin syringes are graduated to match … Read More

Care and Drainage of a Leg Catheter Bag

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

Recording Urine Output

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

Caring for a Male External Urinary Collecting System

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

Male Intermittent Self-Catheterization

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What is a catheterization 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.  

Female Intermittent Self-Catheterization

What is a catheterization 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.

Emptying a Urinary Drainage Bag

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.

Closed Urinary Drainage System

Click here for Our PreOp Amazon Support Page 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 … Read More

Care of Suprapubic Catheter

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