Urine Collection Leg Bag, Welcome back to NexgenMedical’s series of USA Medical designed to help catheter users and their careers.
Changing Your Leg Bag
Nexgen Medical Leg bags should be changed every 5-7 days. Longer times between leg bag changes help to reduce the risk of infection getting into the closed drainage system.
Changing your Urine Collection Leg Bag safely involves 5 easy steps:
1. Wash your hands with warm soapy water and dry them
2. Grip the catheter at the joint between the drainage tube and the inflation tube and grip the leg bag above the connector. Urine Leg Bag Rotate the catheter gently whilst pulling away from the connector.
3. Take off the cap from the new bag and dispose of the old one
4. Gently but firmly push the new bag into the catheter. Be careful not to touch the open catheter end of the connector on the new drainage bag. Once connected wash your hands again.
5. Make a note of the date you changed your leg bag on the bag date box, and pop a note in your calendar to remind you to change your leg bag after 5-7 days.
Troubleshooting your Urine Collection Leg Bag
Sometimes you might notice that your leg bag is not filling. If that’s the case, check the catheter and bag for any kinks or twists in the top of the bag or catheter tubing. Also, check the position of the bag. If it is higher than you’re your bladder, you will experience poor drainage.
For example, if you are sitting on a sofa with your knees up. If you cannot see any kinks and the bag is lower than your bladder, speak to your health care professional urgently, as lack of drainage could indicate a blocked catheter.
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