Definition of 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.
- Your leg bag will be attached to you all day. You can move around freely with it.
- You can hide your leg bag under skirts, dresses, or pants. They come in all different sizes and styles.
- At night, you will need to use a bedside bag.
Where to place your leg bag:
- Attach your leg bag to the top or bottom of your leg with Velcro or elastic straps.
- Make sure the bag is always lower than your bladder. This keeps urine from flowing back into your bladder.
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:
- Wash your hands well.
- Disconnect the valve at the end of the tube near the bag. Try not to pull too hard. Do not let the end of the tube or bag touch anything, including your hands.
- Clean the end of the tube with rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball or gauze.
- Clean the opening of the clean bag with rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball or gauze if it is not a new bag.
- Attach the tube to the bag tightly.
- Strap the bag to your leg.
- Wash your hands again.
Cleaning Your Leg Bag:
Clean your bedside bag each morning. Clean your leg bag each night before changing to the bedside bag.
- Wash your hands well.
- Disconnect the tube from the bag. Attach the tube to a clean bag.
- Clean the used bag by filling it with a solution of 2 parts white vinegar and 3 parts water. Or, you can use 1 tablespoon of chlorine bleach mixed with about a half cup of water.
- Close the bag with the cleaning liquid in it. Shake the bag a little.
- Let the bag soak in this solution for 20 minutes.
- Hang the bag to dry with the bottom spout hanging down.
When to Call the Doctor:
Call your doctor or nurse if:
- You are not sure how to attach, clean, or empty your leg bag.
- Your bag is filling up quickly.
- You have a skin rash or sores.
- You have signs of infection (burning sensation when you urinate, fever, or chills).