Care for an Indwelling Urinary Catheter
Always wash your hands before and after handling your catheter. Follow all of the instructions your doctor has given you. Also:
- Make sure that urine is flowing out of the catheter into the urine collection bag. Make sure that the catheter tubing does not get twisted or kinked.
- Keep the urine collection bag below the level of your bladder.
- Make sure that the urine collection bag does not drag and pull on the catheter.
- Unless you have been told not to, it is okay to shower with your catheter and urine collection bag in place.
- Check for inflammation or signs of infection in the area around the catheter. Signs of infection include pus or irritated, swollen, red, or tender skin.
- Clean the area around the catheter twice a day using soap and water. Dry with a clean towel afterward.
- Do not apply powder or lotion to the skin around the catheter.
- Do not tug or pull on the catheter.
- Do not have sexual intercourse while wearing a catheter.
- At night you may wish to hang the urine collection bag on the side of your bed.