The Tube That Drains Your Child’s Bladder
The tube that drains your child’s bladder is called a Foley catheter.
Foley catheters are put in only when needed and should be removed as soon as possible.
Your healthcare provider wants your child to have a urinary catheter or Foley catheter. A Foley
catheter is a small tube that is placed in the bladder to drain urine. The tube connects to a bag
that collects urine. Foley catheters are helpful in caring for your child; however, they can
increase the risk of infection. While it is being put in or while the catheter is in place germs can
travel along the catheter tubing. Within a short time the germs begin to spread. These germs can
lead to an infection. If your child gets a urinary tract infection because of having a catheter, it is
called a catheter associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI).
It is our goal to stop catheter link to urinary tract infections. As a key member of the
healthcare team, we would like you to work with us to prevent CAUTI.
Here is what you can do:
ξ Ask your child’s healthcare
provider each day why the
catheter is still needed.
ξ Wash or sanitize your hands.
Make sure healthcare
providers have cleaned their
hands before touching your
child’s Foley catheter. Visitors
should not touch the catheter.
ξ Make sure your child’s hands
stay clean and do not touch the
ξ Always keep the urine drainage
bag below your child’s
bellybutton, but off the floor.
ξ Make sure the catheter tubing
stays attached to the leg or
belly so it does not tug, pull, or
ξ Keep the Foley catheter clean
when changing the diaper. If
the catheter gets stool on it,
wipe it off. Wipe away from the
body. Tell your nurse right
ξ Make sure your child is getting
ξ Avoid disconnecting the
catheter from the drainage
tube. Let your child’s nurse
know right away if it becomes
Thank you for your help giving your child the best and safest care possible.
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