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Catheter Care Can Be Quick And Easy

The catheter care is pretty self-explanatory in this video. It is also pretty much the same be it male or female patient.

With the male, just remember to retract the foreskin and clean the head of the penis as well as the foley tube. Then rinse, dry, and make sure you pull the foreskin back over the head of the penis or the patient will end up with a very swollen penis.

Catheter Care Tips

Be careful not to tug on the catheter, as at the very least, it will be uncomfortable for your patient and at worst, cause a tear in the urethra (the passage between the outside of the body and connection to the bladder.) 

Usually, the technique in this video on catheter care works just fine but every once in a while you will get some stubborn crusties on the tube that you just have to work at with more than just one swipe to remove.

Instead of a barrier you can clean the over-bed table with antiseptic wipe.

Sometimes a patient can lift their hips to place the chux instead of rolling from side to side.

Cleaning the catheter should be done at least daily. The facility where you work may have a protocol for every shift.

Emptying the bag is usually every shift, if not more often, depending on doctor's orders.

Not much more I can add to this skill. Though, if you have questions I certainly can answer them and add the info to the page. 

There are a separate pages on insertion of foley catheters for males and females as well as a page on general tips for foley insertions here.

 As a nurse you should not only document the amount of urine but the color, any mucus, blood or other abnormalities.

There are many types of down drain bags. Each manufacturer makes them a little different. And they aren’t always the sturdiest of bags. I always tell my patients at home to put a clean bucket under the bag in case it leaks. Because they will from time to time and urine soaked carpet is very unpleasant. 

I would probably take my gloves off after finishing with the dirty parts of the procedure (rinsing out the graduate container). Then I would wash my hands or use sanitizer and re-glove when I was ready to disinfect the graduate and put it away. That way I wouldn't contaminate the spray can or the graduate as I was cleaning it. 

urinary drainage bag

And make sure you never, ever leave the bag dragging on the floor. Too many bacteria!

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