How to irrigate a foley catheter?

  • Studies show that the most important thing in is to dry it within 24 hours before next use and never to keep it in an airtight container. It is recommend to wash the catheter with soap and to dry it in the air.
  • After rinsing the catheter with water from the tap, shake and put it on a clean towel for 24 hours. If you’re on the road, just put in a catheter bag and wash when you get home. You must have a supply of catheters for two days.
  • Do not soak catheters in solutions like betadine, vinegar, Listerine, etc. Residues of chemical solutions are not washed out entirely even with a good rinse. This can lead to an inflammation of the urethra.
  • Catheters should be changed when they become cracked (if it’s plastic catheters) or rigid (if it’s rubber catheters).
  • If you use rubber catheters, you can disinfect them in a microwave oven, but do not try to do it with plastic ones- they will stink and melt.

How to irrigate a urine bag?

  1. How to irrigate a foley catheter urine bagTake a new urine bag or wash an old one, together with the tube.
  2. Place the clamp of the catheter’s tube close to the edge, which is connected to the tube of the urine bag.
  3. Disconnect the catheter from the tube that leads to the old bag.
  4. Clean the tube’s ends of a new bag and catheter with alcohol before putting them together.
  5. Attach the catheter to the new bag.
  6. Open the clamp on the catheter’s tube.
  7. Rinse the old bag with warm water.
  8. Fill the bag with two parts of white vinegar and three parts of water from the tap. Leave the mixture of water and vinegar in the bag, at least for 20 minutes. Instead of vinegar, you can use chlorine bleach.
  9. Pour the contents of the bag and rinse it. Hang it upside down and let it dry in the air.
  10. When the bag is dry, put it in a clean plastic package until you need to use it again.

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