Urinary drainage bags are used as a urine collection bag for catheters and are designed to be hygienic and user-friendly. We have a wide variety of urine bags and urine pouches made up of durable, medical-grade vinyl material and include graduated markers to measure urine output accurately. They provide improved care for the patient and comfort handling for the caregiver. Urinary bags come in basically two types. Bedside drainage bags that hang from the bedside or a wheelchair and Urine leg bags can be strapped to the user's thigh. Urinary drainage bags are used by bed-ridden patients, hospitalized patients, or night-time usage by those who suffer from incontinence. Urinary Leg Bags are appropriate for more active users who suffer from urinary incontinence.
What are the types of Urine Drainage Bags?
A bedside drainage bag is connected to the catheter tubing and allows for free flow of urine from the bladder via the catheter and into the urine collection bag. These urine bags may also be used for nephrostomy draining. Drainage bags are available in a variety of sizes and capacities, and User-friendly features improve their utility.
- Anti-reflux:There are bedside bags with an anti-reflux flutter valve that minimizes the reflux of urine from the urine bag back into the drainage tube. Bard Urine Drainage Bag and Medline Urinary Drainage Bag are the best example of this.
- Usage: There are single-use and multiple-use drainage bags, some with built-in anti-kink drain tubes.
- Antimicrobial: Some bedside bags have a bacteriostatic collection system impregnated with a novel antimicrobial agent to repel pathogens responsible for catheter-associated urinary tract infections.
- Urine meters: There are urinary bags with urine meters to measure urine output, making it easy for the caregiver, especially with patients.
- Sensitivity: We carry both latex drainage bags and latex-free drainage bags. There are sterile bedside bags and non-sterile bedside bags.
Catheter urinary leg bags are convenient for those individuals who lead an active lifestyle. They allow for hassle-free daily activities with the bag concealed under your clothing. Leg bags are meant for daytime usage, and at night the catheter must be connected to a bedside bag that has a larger capacity. Catheter leg bags are connected to the catheter and then strapped to the inside thigh or calf using Velcro or elastic straps. It must be placed lower than the bladder to prevent reflux of urine back into the bladder. Leg bags for catheters come with multiple features. Choosing a urine leg bag will depend on what options you are looking for.
- Twist Turn Drain Valve: The twist drainage outlet valve is for quick and easy emptying. It is convenient for those with limited dexterity and reduces incidents of spills. There are no closure caps that could become loose or get misplaced. Eg: Medline Leg Bag.
- Flip Flo Valve: Leg bags with flip flo valve option allows for easy opening and closing of the drainage valve using a simple flip. This option provides added security and ease of use. Eg: Bard Dispoz-A-Bag
- Anti-reflux valve: The anti-reflux valve prevents back flow of urine from the bag back into the bladder. Eg: Hollister Leg Bag
- T-T Drainage Valve: Leg bags with a T-Tap valve provide easy operations when emptying the bag. Eg: Cardinal Health Drainage Leg Bag with T-Tap Valve
There is a wide range of drainage bag accessories required at some point or the other by drainage bag users. They include drainage bag straps, drainage bag holders and hangers, drain bottles, drain valves, drainage bag clamps and plugs, drainage bag extension tubes, etc.
How to choose the right Urine Drainage Bag?
- If you are limited to a wheelchair or bed and tend to be less mobile, bedside drainage bags will suit you best. They have a huge capacity to avoid frequent emptying.
- If you move around a lot and need more freedom of movement, urine leg bags will work best for you. They are strapped to legs and covered underclothes to let you have a more free lifestyle. But leg bags do not contain as much urine as bedside drainage bags do.
Urine Bag Capacity:
- Huge capacity catheter drainage bags should be taken when you do not want to empty your urine bag frequently. Such bags work great for long journeys, night times, or where easy toilet access is not possible.
- Smaller capacity Urinary drainage bags provide easy handling and more choice. They are emptied efficiently but more usually.
- Reusable: Reusable urine drainage bags can be used for a more extended period with regular cleaning. Regular washing is a must to maintain hygienic conditions.
- Disposable: Disposable urine drainage bags are to be discarded after one use. They prevent the chances of having infections from repeated use.
Leg bags can also be chosen based on the below-given criteria to help suit your lifestyle:
Length of Inlet Tube:
The length of the inlet tube can be determined by deciding where on your leg you want to attach the leg bag.
- The short tube leg bag is used for the thigh.
- A long tube leg bag is used for the lower leg.
- An adjustable inlet tube is used to provide extra length to sheath patients.
When to Call the Doctor
A urinary infection is a common problem for people with an indwelling urinary catheter. Call your health professional if you have symptoms of an infection, such as:
- Pain around your lower or sides back.
- Urine stinks, or it is dark or a different color.
- A burning sensation or injury in your bladder or pelvis.
- You do not feel like yourself. Feeling exhausted, achy, and have a hard time focusing.
Drainage Bag - FAQ
1. How often to change/When to replace a urine drainage bag?
A urinary drainage bag should be replaced after 4 weeks of use. It is also recommended to consult a doctor as they may prescribe a more frequent change.
2. How do you clean a urinary bag?
- Wash your hands well with soap and water.
- Disconnect the bag from the catheter tubing. Connect the tubing to the backup bag or drainage device.
- Drain any remaining urine from the bag you just disconnected. Close the drainage valve.
- Pour some warm (not hot) soapy water into the bag. Swish the soap around, being sure to get the corners of the bag.
- Open the drainage valve to drain the soap. Close the valve.
- Use a certain solution to clean the bag if your healthcare provider advises one. Solutions that may be advised include:
- 2 parts vinegar and 3 parts water.
- 1 tablespoon of chlorine bleach mixed with a 1/2 cup of water
- Ask your healthcare provider how often you should clean your bag. Ask what solution you should use to reduce odor and keep your bag free of germs.
- Shake the solution a bit and let it remain in the bag for 30 minutes.
- Drain the solution and rinse the bag with cold tap water.
- Hang the bag to drain and air-dry.
3. Where should the urinary drainage bag be kept?
Where to place a bedside catheter bag?
- Leg bags are available for placement on thigh as well as calf.
- Depending on the size of the leg bag and activeness of the wearer, the user may choose which one to purchase.
- For more active users and users who prefer to use a large drainage bag, a placement on thigh would be more suitable.
- For people who prefer medium or small bag and those who are less active, a placement on calf would be fine.
Where to place a catheter leg bag?
- When the user is getting in bed, the bedside drainage bag should be kept near the bed
- The bag should be below the level of the patient, hanging the bag on the bedframe is one of the most preferred methods
- It is important to make sure neither the bag nor the tubing is reaching above the height of the patient as this will cause an adverse effect on flow of urine
- Make sure the tubing is properly managed - there should be no kinking and the tube should be kept close to the bed to avoid entangling with footsteps.
How often should the urine bag be emptied?
A drainage bag must always be emptied in 4-hour cycles whether the bag is full or not. If the bag fills prior to the 4-hour cycle, please empty the bag immediately.
Where to buy Urinary Drainage Bags Online?
At HPFY, You will find a wide range of Urinary Drainage Bags, Bedside Drainage Bags, Leg Bags from top leading manufacturers like Medline Industries, Urocare, and Cardinal Health.
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