Indwelling Catheters and Supplies
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What Is An Indwelling Catheter?
An indwelling or foley catheter is a catheter type that remains inside of your body for a certain period of time. Indwelling catheters have a small tube that is inserted into the bladder to drain urine that drains into a urinary collection bag. Unlike other catheter types, indwelling catheters are not disposable and are not self inserted. They are recommended for those with urinary incontinence, the inability to empty the bladder, surgery on the prostate or genitals, and other medical conditions.
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How Indwelling Catheters Work
These subacratic catheters work on a two-channel system. One of the channels runs the entire length of the tube and is open at both ends to allow the urine to drain from the bladder into the urinary bag. The other channel is a one-way channel which leads to the balloon that’s filled with sterilized water.
How often your indwelling catheter needs to be changed is based on your individual needs. Your healthcare provider will determine your optimal catheterization schedule. However, if you notice leakage around your catheter, this could be a good indication that it needs to be changed.
Cleaning Your Indwelling Catheter
In the shower
- Wash your hands with warm soap and water.
- Use a mild soap to wash your genitals. Men should pull back their foreskin if needed to clean the area, including the penis. Women should separate their labia and clean the area from front to back.
- Clean your urethra or urinary opening. This is where the catheter is inserted into your body unless it’s placed in your stomach.
- Clean your catheter from the insertion point and then downwards. Hold your catheter towards the insertion point to avoid placing tension on it.
- Rinse the area thoroughly and gently dry it.
- Place the drainage bag on your thigh or below the knee. It needs to be below your bladder. Avoid getting the catheter tubing tangled.
Out of the shower
- Wash your hands with warm soap and water.
- Wet a washcloth with warm water and add soap.
- Gently hold the catheter and wash down from the insertion point. Always clean your catheter while moving away from the body.
- Use a clean dry towel to dry your catheter.
Cleaning Your Urinary Drainage Bag
You will need to clean your drainage bags once a day and change them twice a day. You will change to the leg bag in the morning, and to the night bag before going to bed.
- Wash your hands with warm soapy water.
- Drain the urine out of the bag. Make sure the end of the bag does not touch the toilet.
- Use a cloth or gauze under the connector to catch any urine drops.
- Disconnect the used bladder bag.
- Clean the end of the catheter and the second bad with an alcohol pad.
- Connect the clean bag and attach it to your leg.
- Check the tubing for any twists or kinks.
- Rinse the dirty bag with soapy water. Swish the soapy water around inside of the bag.
- Thoroughly rinse the bag clean.
- Hang the urinary bag up to completely dry before using it again.
Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) Symptoms
Call your doctor if you experience the following symptoms, which could be associated with UTI.
- Pain around your sides of lower back
- Your urine smells bad, is cloudy, or discolored
- You have a fever or chills
- You have a burning sensation in your bladder or pelvis
- There is discharge or drainage around your catheter’s insertion point.
- You will need to clean your drainage bags once a day and change them twice a day. You will change to the leg bag in the morning, and to the night bag before going to bed.
Also, call your doctor if:
- Your urine bag is quickly filling more quickly than normal or you’re experiencing an increase in urine.
- There is blood in your urine.
- Urine is leaking around the insertion point.
- Your catheter is blocked or isn’t draining.
- You experience pain around your catheter.
- Your urine contains visible grit or debris.