Bladder Management: Using a Condom Catheter
A condom catheter may be used for men
who have lost some or all control over
their bladder. The condom catheter
attaches to a urine drainage to keep the
man from having bladder accidents. It
can be used short term and long term to
manage the bladder.
How to apply:
ξ Wash the skin with soap and
ξ Apply skin prep and allow to dry.
ξ Apply condom. Make sure the
correct size is used. Too tight
will reduce blood flow. Too
loose will cause it to leak.
ξ Attach urine drainage bag
ξ Change condom at least every 24
hours to monitor for skin
o Remove condom for
o For males who are not
circumcised make sure
that foreskin is not pulled
back when the condom is
ξ After taking off condom, signs of
skin breakdown are:
o Open areas
o Skin tears
o If any of these happen,
leave condom off and call
your doctor to talk about
Condom catheters allow people with
bladder leakage to go through daily
activities without the worry of accidents.
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 this information. If you have an emergency, please call
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