To empty the urine collection bag
You will need to
empty the bag regularly, whenever it is half full, and at bedtime. If your
doctor has instructed you to measure the amount of urine, do so before you
empty the urine into the toilet.
- Wash your hands with soap and water. If you
are emptying another person's collection bag, you may wish to wear disposable
- Remove the drain spout from its sleeve at the bottom of the
collection bag. Open the valve on the spout.
- Let the urine flow out
of the bag and into the toilet or a container. Do not let the tubing or drain
spout touch anything.
- After you empty the bag, wipe off any liquid
on the end of the drain spout. Close the valve and put the drain spout back
into its sleeve at the bottom of the collection bag.
- Wash your hands with soap and water.
When to call a doctor
If your doctor has given you
instructions about when to notify him or her, be sure to follow those
instructions. Call your doctor if:
- No urine or very little urine is flowing into
the collection bag for 4 or more hours.
- No urine or very little
urine is flowing into the collection bag and you feel like your bladder is
- You have new pain in your abdomen, pelvis, legs, or
- Your urine has changed color, is very cloudy, looks bloody,
or has large blood clots in it.
- The insertion site becomes very
irritated, swollen, red, or tender, or you have pus draining from the catheter
- Your urine has a foul odor.
- Urine is
leaking from the insertion site.
- You have a fever of
100.4 °F (38 °C) or higher, or you have
back or flank pain.
- You develop nausea,
vomiting, or shaking chills.
After catheter removal
After your catheter is
- You may have trouble urinating. If this
happens, try sitting in a few inches of warm water (sitz bath).
This may help you relax. If you feel the urge, it may be easier to urinate
while you are still in the bath.
- You may have some burning the
first few times you urinate. If the burning lasts longer, it may be a sign of
- Drink plenty of fluids, enough so that your urine is
light yellow or clear like water. If you have kidney, heart, or liver disease
and have to limit fluids, talk with your doctor before you increase the amount
of fluids you drink.
- Wear loose cotton underwear if you have
irritation or a rash from your catheter.
Also, it is important to know when you are having a
problem and when to call your doctor. After catheter removal, call your doctor
- You do not urinate within 8 hours after the
catheter is taken out.
- You have a feeling of fullness or pain in
your bladder or belly.
- You have signs of a urinary infection. For
- You have blood or pus in your
- You have pain in your back just below your rib cage. This
is called flank pain.
- You have a fever, chills, or body aches.
- It hurts to urinate.
- You have groin or belly