Choosing a Urine Bag

Urine bags come in two basic forms: Urinary Drainage Bags and leg Bags. The main difference between them being where they are worn. Urinary drainage bags are urine bags that attach to the bed rail. Leg Bags are worn on the body for use during the day.

What is a Urine Bag

Urine collection bags are the collection systems that connect to an internal or external catheter using drainage tubing. Urine drainage bags can be used just at night for active people or they can be used consistently for non-ambulatory people.

rusch drainage bag

Bedside Drainage Bag

Leg bags are used during the day for mobile individuals. They strap to the leg, just above the ankle using a few different options of leg straps. The universal drainage tubing runs 18 inches from the catheter site to the leg bag, so there is not excess tubing to be concerned with.

How do I Choose a Leg Bag?

Choosing the correct urine bag is as simple as picking the features you like. Leg bags have options to choose from regarding drainage, sampling, and preventing urine spills.

You can pick a leg bag with a flip-flo valve this feature allows you to easily drain your leg bag, simply pop open the top and drain out the excess urine. Some people would prefer a more secure closure at the bottom of the leg bag. That is called a bottom cap. The bottom cap ensures that the Urine Bag will not spill while you are using it.

button straps

Leg Bag with Button Straps

Straps are a feature of a leg bag that is often overlooked. There are latex straps that are flexible and stretch, these typically come with a the drainage bag. There are nylon based straps that connect with a  button, some people like these, because they are lighter weight than the fabric. Fabric straps come with a Velcro closure and are ideal for individuals with latex allergies or who are sensitive to the button design.

How do I choose a Urinary drainage Bag?

Urine drainage bags have features regarding odor control as well as direction of flow. One feature to look for is mono-flo, this means that the urine only flows into the bag and is prevented for spilling back out into the tubing. A similar feature is an anti-reflux valve. These are valves built into the connection that prohibits urine spillage.

Additionally, some drainage bags have features such as infection control. This is a built-in antimicrobial coating that staves off infectious bacteria. This feature is better for your health, but also eliminates the bacterial build-up that causes odor.

For more Information on Bard Infection Control Technology

http://bardmedical.com/Resources/Products/Documents/Brochures/Urology/IC%20Inf%20Control%20Tech%200304-25.pdf

Resources

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/patientinstructions/000142.htm

http://www.public.asu.edu/~cbaldwi1/swborderlands/Cleaning_the_Urinary_Drainage_Bag.pdf

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