Urine drainage bags
Urine drainage bags collect urine. Your bag will attach to a catheter (tube) that is inside your bladder. You may have a catheter and urine drainage bag because you have urinary incontinence (leakage), urinary retention (not being able to urinate), surgery that made a catheter necessary, or another health problem.
How Your Leg Bag Works
Urine will pass through the catheter in your bladder into the leg bag.
Where to place your leg bag:
Emptying Your Leg Bag
Always empty your bag in a clean bathroom. Do NOT let the bag or tube openings touch any of the bathroom surfaces (toilet, wall, floor, and others). Empty your bag into the toilet at least two or three times a day, or when it is a third to a half full.
Follow these steps for emptying your bag:
Changing Your Leg Bag
Change your bag once a month. Change it sooner if it smells bad or looks dirty. Follow these steps for changing your bag:
Cleaning Your Leg Bag
Clean your bedside bag each morning. Clean your leg bag each night before changing to the bedside bag.
When to Call the Doctor
A urinary tract infection is the most common problem for people with an indwelling urinary catheter.
Call your doctor or nurse if you have signs of an infection, such as:
Call your doctor or nurse if you:
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Review Date: 12/12/2012
Reviewed By: Jennifer K. Mannheim, ARNP, Medical Staff, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Seattle Children's Hospital; and Louis S. Liou, MD, PhD, Chief of Urology, Cambridge Health Alliance, Visiting Assistant Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.
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