Are you a caregiver to a person who has a urinary catheter? It is crucial to maintain high hygiene standards to reduce the risks of an infection. The first step to providing care to your patient is to remain relaxed.

 Caring for a catheter can sometimes be embarrassing, especially if the person you are caring for is of the opposite sex. When you remain composed, the person will feel more comfortable.

Catheter Care and Hygiene

You need to provide catheter care on a daily basis to reduce the risk of urinary tract infections. Poor catheter care and hygiene may allow germs to get on the catheter, which cause infections in the bladder and/or kidneys. Catheter care and hygiene will mostly involve cleaning it, changing your patient’s drain collection bag, and proper washing of the drainage bags.

Cleaning the catheter 

  • Wash your hands with soap before and after handling a Foley catheter.
  • Carefully clean the skin surrounding the catheter at least twice every day. Inspect the surface for any signs of infection like pus, swollen, red, and tender skin.

Handle the drainage bag with care

  • Ensure that the catheter drainage bag is always below your patient’s bladder. This is important to prevent backing up of urine.
  • Help your patient in emptying the drainage bag. eMedicineHealth recommends draining it when it’s half full to prevent backing up or overflowing.
  • When emptying the drainage bag, always make sure that the drain spout or tubing doesn’t touch anything.

Emptying the urine drainage bag

Sometimes, your patient’s doctor may request that you keep a record of the amount of urine before emptying the bag. Always wash your hands with soap and water before and after touching the urine drainage bag.

  • Start by removing the drain spout.
  • Open the valve to drain urine either into a container or toilet. Remember not to allow the tubing to touch anything.
  • Close the valve after emptying the bag and put the tubing back at the urine collection bag.

Don’t Give Up

Have you imagined what it would be like if you had a catheter yourself? Be patient and always be careful when draining the urine bags. Contact the doctor or nurse if your patient has a fever, there is blood in the urine, if your patient is experiencing pain when urinating, or if the patient needs to urinate but passes little or no urine. Also, remember to always use the right external catheters from Medical Supply Depot

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