Monday, October 7, 2013

Leg Bag

Last week we dealt with accessing the urethra entrance in order to drain it through the method of various types of catheters.

This week we will deal with collecting what is drained.

A popular method is the leg bag. Self-contained, light, reusable, easy to carry, durable and able to retain its contents until it is convenient to drain. This is my device of choice because of the resistance to leakage and the closed system that it creates when the funnel end of the catheter is connected to the universal connector on the hose of the leg bag. Different hose lengths are available, the one-way butterfly valve prevents liquid from flowing backwards out of the bag and the flip valve is fairly easy to open even with limited dexterity.

Leg bags are almost ubiquitous as the collection method for any permanent catheter such as an indwelling (Foley) or condom catheter. At night it can be hung over the side of the bed and by day the straps provided can be used to strap the bag to the user's leg or wheelchair frame. For use with intermittent catheterization the rubbery hose provides a good place to temporarily hang the bag over the side of a wheelchair while completing the catheterization process.

I am aware of people using pop bottles to collect urine, which has the advantage of being widely available, easily replaced, resealable and lightweight. However, it is not collapsible like a leg bag, requires some precise dexterity to align the funnel of the catheter and the opening of the pop bottle and is not a closed system while the urine is being drained. A few times in 16 years I have had a catheter disconnect from a leg bag or the valve get caught on my spokes and flip open, but I still feel a lot more confident about the security of my system than trying to aim a catheter into a pop bottle.

Extension hoses, not unlike the hose leading to the leg bag but longer, are another option that works quite well, is as compact as possible and instant to replace – leg bags require some assembly – but extension hoses require you to be near a toilet. For a short time I tried using them and just found that the control of the closed system of the leg bag was easier for me in the long run.

That is not an exhaustive list of the options available but some suitable options to consider if you are searching for a better bladder management system.

Source: Medical supply company.

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