Prevent bladder infection with our easy to follow steps on bladder management.

This information will help you care for your urinary catheter while you’re at home.

A urinary catheter is placed into your bladder to drain your urine and it is held inside your bladder by a balloon filled with water.

 

Daily Catheter Care

It is important to keep your catheter clean to avoid any risk of infection. You can clean it daily whilst in the shower (no baths). You will need the following supplies:

Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Clean your genital area using mild soap and water. Men should retract the foreskin and clean the area, including the penis. Women should separate the labia, and clean the area, front to back. Clean your urinary opening, which is where the catheter enters your body then 
clean the catheter from where it enters your body and then down, away from your body. Hold the catheter at the point it enters your body so that you don’t put tension on it. Use A multi-purpose tube holder to keep the catheter from moving.
Rinse the area well and dry it gently.

 

Changing the Drainage Bag

You will need to change your drainage bag twice a day.

Once, in the morning after you shower, change the night bag to the leg bag. And then at night before you go to bed, change the leg bag to the night bag. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Empty the urine from the drainage bag into the toilet before you change it.
 Pinch off the catheter with your fingers and disconnect the used bag.
 Keeping your fingers pinched, wipe the end of the catheter using an alcohol pad.
 Wipe the connector on the new bag using the second alcohol pad.
 Connect the clean bag to the catheter and release your finger pinch.
 Check all connections. Straighten any kinks or twists in the tubing.

 

Caring for the Leg Bag

Always wear the leg bag below your knee. This will help it drain. Keep the leg bag secure with leg bag straps. If the straps leave a mark on your leg, they are too tight and should be loosened. Leaving the straps too tight can decrease your circulation and lead to blood clots. Empty the leg bag through the spout at the bottom every 2 to 4 hours, as needed. Do not let the bag get completely full and do not lie down for longer than 2 hours while you are wearing the leg bag.

 

Caring for the Night Bag

At bedtime place a clean plastic bag inside of a wastebasket and hang the complimentary night bag that we send with your first order, on the inside of the wastebasket while you sleep.

 

Cleaning the Drainage Bags

 

Preventing Infection

 

Special Points

 

Call your doctor immediately if:

 

For more information or help and support on bladder management, speak to one of our advisors on our FREEPHONE number 0800 18 19 01.