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Urine Drainage Bags - Home Use (4591)

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Urine Drainage Bags- Home Use

This handout will help you learn how to use the leg bag and nighttime large urinary drainage
bags. Your nurse will go over this information with you. Please ask questions. If you have any
concerns after you go home, please call the phone numbers listed at the end of this handout.

Emptying a Bag
Leg Bag (small)
1. Wash your hands with soap and water.
2. Dry with a clean towel.
3. Twist the cap at the bottom of the bag. It will not come off.
4. Drain the urine directly into the toilet, unless you have been instructed to measure it first.
5. After you have drained the urine, tighten the cap again.
6. Wash your hands again.

Night Bag (large)
1. Wash your hands with soap and water.
2. Dry with a clean towel.
3. To empty the bag, pull the tube downward from the plastic bracket.
4. Hold the tube over the toilet or the appropriate container if you need to measure the
5. Open the metal or plastic clamp. Usually, you will be able to open it by pressing forward
with your thumb.
6. Let the urine drain out into the toilet unless you have been instructed to measure the
7. Close the clamp tightly by pressing down and releasing. You will hear a “click” when the
clamp is closed.
8. Place the tube back into the plastic bracket.
9. Wash your hands again.

If you are to record the amount, drain the urine into the container provided for this purpose,
record the amount and discard the urine into the toilet.

Attaching a Bag
ξ Both leg and nighttime bag attach at the same point
ξ The clear portion can be removed; the rubber or silicone should stay in your body
ξ The bag drains by gravity.

Changing a Bag
You may need someone to help you with this at first.
1. Wash your hands with soap and water and dry well.
2. Make sure to close the clamps on the bottom of the bag you are removing and the one
you are putting on to prevent urine from accidentally draining out.

3. Squeeze the rubber tubing to prevent the urine from leaking
4. Remove the bag you are presently using at the point where the rubber or silicone meets
the plastic.
5. Remove and save the cap that covers the tip of the new bag.
6. Wipe the ends of both tubes with an alcohol wipe.
7. Attach the new bag.
8. Cover the tip of the bag you are removing with the cap from the new bag. You will need
to wash this bag later
9. Place the straps of the leg bag around your leg at a comfortable spot. The catheter should
be high enough on the thigh to be in an “S” shape, not a straight line. Do not put the
straps so tight that they leave a mark on your leg. These may have to be readjusted once
you stand.
10. The bag should be kept lower than your kidneys which are at the level of the bottom of
your rib cage.
11. Rinse the dirty bag that you just removed with a mixture of ½ cup white vinegar and ½
cup tap water using the syringe provided. Drain. Rinse with clear water using the syringe.
Allow the bag to air dry.

Helpful Hints
You may switch from the night bag to the leg bag and vice-versa at your convenience. Be sure to
empty and clean the bags when not in use.
The leg bag should not be worn at night because it can fill up quickly without you noticing.

Phone Numbers
If you have any problems or questions call:

UW Health Urology 608-263-4757
UW Health at The American Center Urology 608-440-6464
UW Health One South Park Urology 608-287-2900
UW Health Gynecology 608-263-6240

After Hours, Nights, Weekends, and Holidays, the clinic number is answered by the paging
operator. Ask for the Urology Doctor on call. Leave your name and phone number with the area
code. The doctor will call you back.

Toll Free: 1-844-607-4800

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Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
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