Night Drainage Bags for Catheters
Originally published on: June 23rd, 2020. Last modified on December 15th, 2021
Hygiene is vitally important, so always wash the area around where the catheter enters your body at least once per day with soap and water to remove any encrustation or debris which may have dried to your catheter.
Leg bags and catheter valves can be used by those assessed for suitability but some users of suprapubic catheters may find the Belly Bag more useful. These are available on prescription, see your Healthcare Professional for information.
The following information will support you in attaching or disconnecting a night drainage bag.
How to attach a night drainage bag
It is essential that high standards of hygiene are maintained at all times when attaching a night drainage bag. You must wash your hands prior to handling yourcatheter, see our 6 stephandwashing guidehere.
If someone is doing this for you, they must wear disposable gloves.
- Remove protective cap from night drainage bag.
- Insert night bag connector firmly into leg bag outlet tube. If using a catheter valve, the night drainage bags connected directly to the valve must always be single use and sterile.
- Remove leg straps or bag support device to allow free drainage.
- Open tap between leg bag or valve, and appropriate night drainage bag.
- Place night drainage bag on a supporting stand so the bag is positioned lower than the bladder to aid drainage.
How to disconnect a night drainage bag:
As with attaching a night bag, if someone is doing this for you, they must wear disposable gloves.
High standards of hygiene are essential at all times. You must wash your hands prior to handling your night drainage bag, see our 6 stephandwashing guidehere.
- Close tap on leg bag or valve.
- Disconnect night drainage bag from leg bag or valve if worn.
- Empty urine from bag and discard as instructed by your Healthcare Professional (See below).
How to dispose of Catheter Bags
The bags should not be burned on an open fire or electric incinerator.
For more detailed information on catheter care, visit our catheter hub or our downloads section where you can find printable guides.
The Bladder & BowelHome Delivery Servicecan offer you expert advice from a trained nurse about catheter care and help you find the right products to manage your condition.
For more information on catheter care products call our Home Delivery Team on0800 031 5406.