Frequently Asked Questions on Drainage Bag


What are drainage bags?

Drainage bags are urinary bags designed to collect urine through a catheter inserted into the urinary bladder. The reasons for using a catheter and drainage bag could be urinary incontinence, urine retention or surgery.

When should urinary drainage bags be emptied?

Urinary drainage bags should be emptied out within every four to eight hours or earlier if full.

How to clean urine drainage bags?

Clean the urine drainage bag once every 3 days.

  • Wash hands with soap and water
  • Disconnect urine bag from the catheter tubing
  • Attach tubing to a back-up bag or drainage device
  • Drain remaining urine from the disconnected bag
  • Pour some soapy water into the bag and shake it around to make sure the water washes every corner of the bag
  • Drain the soapy water and close the valve Fill the bag with vinegar and water in
  • Fill the bag with vinegar and water in proportion of 2:3. Shake the solution and let it remain in the bag for 30 minutes
  • Drain the mixture and hang the bag to air dry
Which drainage bag or leg bag should be chosen?

Buying a urinary drain bag will depend on individual requirement. There are different sizes available so it is necessary to match your bag with the catheter. Ensure the one you buy is of the right size and works effectively with the catheter you have bought.

How often should the leg bag be replaced?

A urinary leg bag should be replaced once or twice in a month. However, if it starts to smell bad or appears dirty, it should be replaced right away.