A catheter was placed to let your bladder drain. Follow your care plan on how often you should empty your bag or change gear. Home care will help you avoid problems like infection. Drink plenty of water during the day to flush out the catheter.
Empty the bag every 3 to 6 hours. Do not wait until it is too heavy. A heavy bag pulls on the catheter. To empty the bag:
Change a leg bag every 5 to 7 days. Most night bags may be used once and thrown away. To change the urine bag:
To care for the catheter site:
Call your doctor right away if the catheter falls out. The opening will start to close in a few days.
Q. My clothes or bedding get wet sometimes. Is this normal?
A. This can be a sign the catheter or bag is leaking. Call your doctor to have it fixed.
Call your doctor if any of the these happen:
Urology Care Foundation
United Spinal Association
The Canadian Continence Foundation
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Last reviewed March 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Shawna Grubb, RN Last Updated: 4/29/2019