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Emptying and changing a two litre night drainage bag

28 June 2013

Q13. How do I attach the night bag to the leg bag?

A13. The night drainage bag connects to the bottom of your leg bag. You will be able to push the top of the night drainage bag (once you have removed the protective cap, keep this to put back on when you disconnect) into the bottom part of your leg bag (under the tap). You then open the tap of the leg bag to allow the urine to flow into your night drainage bag. Always check the night drainage bag is closed at the drainage end when you go to use it. Please refer to answer of Question 6

 

Q14. Can I connect the night drainage bag directly to the catheter?

A14. You can but this practice is not encouraged. Sometimes in hospital or if someone is in bed then the bag is attached to the catheter directly and stays on for 5-7 days before a new one is attached. However, when living at home with a catheter you are more likely to have a leg bag for drainage during the day and attach the night drainage bag at night. In order to reduce the risk of infection the leg bag is best left connected to the catheter for 5-7 days. Link a two litre sterile night drainage bag nightly for a week (Rinse it through with water after use) or a single use bag nightly if living in a care home or your preferred choice. This is known as a ‘link system’. 

 

Q15. How do I disconnect the night drainage bag from the leg bag?

A15. Wash your hands and then make sure the urine is drained from the leg bag fully into the night drainage bag. Close the tap to your leg bag and gently but firmly disconnect the two bags. You may wish to use a bit of toilet paper to daub the disconnected ends. Use the cap you took off the night drainage bag to put back onto the top of the night drainage bag to protect from getting any urine on you. Drain the urine from the night drainage bag into the toilet or receptacle to then be flushed away. As stated in Q13..... In order to reduce the risk of infection the leg bag is best left connected to the catheter for 5-7 days. Link a two litre sterile night drainage bag nightly for a week (Rinse it through with water after use) or a single use bag nightly if living in a care home or your preferred choice. This is known as a ‘link system’. 

The drainage tap at the end of a night drainage bag can be a ‘T’ tap, the lever tap (which are all reusable) or a single use bag may have a tap which cannot be used again once the bag is emptied or it may be a tear type. With the later be cautious when tearing it open to empty the urine as you don’t want it to splash back.

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