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How do you irrigate a K-pouch catheter?

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�Remove the dressing over the stoma and throw it out.

�Separate the catheter from the drainage bag and drain the contents of the catheter into the basin.

�Collect 1 ounce of tap water into the bulb syringe, then slowly squeeze it into the catheter.

�While you hold the syringe bulb down with your thumb, pinch the catheter and separate the bulb syringe from the catheter.

�Unpinch the catheter and drain its contents into the basin. Don�t withdraw the fluid from the catheter into the syringe.

�When the stool flow has stopped, reconnect the catheter. Cleanse the skin around it and the stoma. Use a non-oily soap and warm water to do that. Rinse, and pat dry with a soft towel or paper towel.

�Put two layers of "split" dry gauze dressing around the catheter and over the stoma. Secure with tape as needed.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), National Institutes of Health (NIH). 

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America.

 

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on September 26, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), National Institutes of Health (NIH). 

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America.

 

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on September 26, 2018

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