How Do You Care for a Catheter?


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Daily catheter care includes cleaning the skin around the catheter and cleaning the catheter, states Medline Plus. Changing the drainage bag and making sure the catheter is working are also major points for catheter care.

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How Do You Care for a Catheter?
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Individuals should wash their hands before attempting to clean the genital area. According to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, men should retract the foreskin before cleaning, and women should separate the labia and clean from front to back. The specific areas that should be cleaned are the urinary opening and the catheter from where it enters the body, and then down away from the body.

The drainage bag should be changed twice a day, states Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. With clean hands, an individual should empty the urine from the drainage bag, and then pinch the catheter in order to disconnect the empty bag. With two separate alcohol swabs, he should clean the end of the catheter and the opening of the new bag before connecting the two. Once the catheter is connected to the bag, he should make sure there are no kinks or twists in the tubing, and be sure that the drainage bag is below the level of the bladder and not touching the ground in order to prevent infection.

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