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What is the irrigation procedure for a Foley catheter?

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The irrigation procedure for a Foley catheter first requires establishing a sterile working field, according to the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Clean the catheter and drainage tubing with an alcohol wipe and disconnect the catheter from the tubing. Then, inject sterile irrigation solution into the open end of the catheter to irrigate.

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Before beginning the procedure, wash your hands well with soap and water, states the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Remove the irrigation container and irrigation solution carefully from the irrigation kit. Touch only the outside of the containers to avoid contaminating the solution. Pour the irrigation solution into the irrigation container and, using the provided syringe, draw up the irrigation solution, one ounce at a time, keeping the syringe facing downward to avoid drawing up air.

Cover the exposed end of the tubing and set it aside. Holding the catheter over the collection basin, insert the syringe into the catheter. Irrigate by applying a slow and steady pressure, being careful not to force the solution into the catheter. Do not force the solution into the bladder or use suctions to remove it, states the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Allow the solution and urine to drain into the collection container by gravity.

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