A foley catheter, also known as an indwelling urinary catheter, is a flexible tube passed through the urethra to the bladder in order to drain urine. It has an inflatable balloon on one end that keeps it in place while the other attaches to a urinary drainage bag collecting urine.
There are two types of drainage bags – a foley catheter leg bag and a foley catheter night bag (also known as a bedside drainage bag).
A leg bag is only used during the day, whether engaging with your daily routine or going out. It is attached to your catheter and worn on the thigh, slightly lower than the level of your bladder. However, the leg bag can also be attached to the calf by using extension tubing.
Leg bags are versatile. They come in different sizes and styles with button and Velcro closures. They are attached to the leg with the help of leg bag straps. The straps are tied to your leg, and the bag is secured with the buttons. However, if you do not like using straps, you can also experiment with leg bag holders, a type of legging with a pocket to securely hold a leg bag.
Important things to remember:
A foley catheter night bag or an overnight urinary drainage bag is larger than a leg bag and has long extension tubing. These bags hold more urine than a leg bag, so the user does not have to get up in the middle of the night, disrupting sleep, in order to empty the bag.
The long extension tube allows you to move around in bed without accidentally pulling or disturbing the catheter. Because they are larger than day bags, these bags cannot be tied to your legs. Instead, they are hung on the side of the bed and should be hung lower than your bladder level to allow easy urine flow.
Night bags also come in various sizes and styles, have varying closure valves, and have a capacity between 2000mL and 4000mL.
Also, remember that sometimes, it is all about trial and error, and you may have to try a few different types to find the right one for you.
HPFY carries a wide range of premium-quality foley catheter bags and accessories. Some of our best sellers are:
This highly efficient foley catheter collection bag contains an antimicrobial agent to avoid the risk of infection. It has a rounded teardrop shape that facilitates urine drainage. The EZ-LOK sampling port eliminates needlestick injuries for needle-free urine drawing.
Designed to collect a large volume of urine with the help of an 18" catheter tube. Graduation marks on the bag help identify the volume collected, and the strong vinyl construction prevents leakage. The bard foley catheter bag also features an anti-reflux valve that prevents urine from flowing back into the catheter tube.
A great choice for an active lifestyle with its anti-reflux valve to prevent urine backflow and bacterial contamination. The flip drain valve makes it easy to drain and increases overall comfort.
Designed to collect urine while offering odor protection, this foley catheter bag is constructed with a durable material. It features a convenient clamp that attaches to clothing to prevent the tube from twisting. It also has an anti-reflux chamber to prevent urine backflow.
This urinary drainage bag allows urine to flow from the bladder to the catheter and directly into the bag. The heavy-duty hanger provides sturdy security, while the anti-reflux valve makes the bag easy to use even while sleeping.
Ideal for those with reduced mobility, urinary incontinence, post-op recovery, and wheelchair users. This leak-resistant catheter bag is made of high-quality, reliable material for durability and provides excellent odor protection.
This easy-to-use urine bag increases patient comfort and features a filter to prevent airborne bacteria from getting into the drainage system. The luer lock sample port protects against needle sticks.
Using a leg bag or a bedside drainage bag will depend on the time of the day. If you have an active lifestyle, using a leg bag will be helpful during the day by giving you the freedom to enjoy your life without being restricted to bed. A bedside drainage bag is used during the night to provide a good night’s sleep and also for those confined to a bed. However, it is equally essential to ensure you are using the bag correctly.
Visit HPFY for our complete line of catheter bags and accessories. Remember to consult your doctor if there is any leakage or discomfort.
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