You will need to
empty the bag regularly. It is best to empty the bag when it's about half full or at bedtime. If the
doctor has asked you to measure the amount of urine, do that 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 choose 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 the doctor has given
instructions about when to call him or her, be sure to follow those
instructions. Call the doctor if:
No urine or very little urine is flowing into
the collection bag for 4 hours or more.
There is new pain in the belly or pelvic area.
The urine has changed color, is very cloudy, looks bloody, has a bad smell,
or has large blood clots in it.
The place where the catheter goes into the body (the insertion site) becomes very
irritated, swollen, red, or tender, or there is pus draining from the site.
leaking from the insertion site.
There are signs of a kidney infection, such as a fever of
100.4°F (38°C) or higher or
back or flank pain.
Symptoms such as nausea,
vomiting, or shaking chills occur.
After the catheter is removed
After the catheter is
A person may have trouble urinating. If this
happens, try sitting in a few inches of warm water (sitz bath). If the urge to urinate comes during the sitz bath, it may be easier to urinate while still in the bath.
Some burning may happen when urinating for the
first few times. If the burning lasts longer, it may be a sign of
Drink plenty of fluids. If fluids need to be limited because of kidney, heart, or liver disease, talk with the doctor before increasing the amount
If the catheter causes
irritation or a rash, wearing loose cotton underwear may help.
Also, it is important to know when there is a
problem and when to call the doctor. After catheter removal, call the doctor
No urine comes out within 8 hours after the
catheter is taken out.
The bladder or belly feels full or is painful.
You see signs of a urinary infection. Signs include:
Blood or pus in the
Pain in the back just below the rib cage. This
is called flank pain.