How to Maintain a Drainage Bag
The drainage bag that most suprapubic catheters include holds your pee until you can empty it into a toilet or other container. Many people carry a large bag at night and a smaller one during the day. Both types should be emptied when they are halfway or slightly more than full.
Please remember to wash your hands with soap and water before and after handling the bag. Also, avoid letting it touch the toilet or any other object/ surface. This will prevent infections. Your drainage bags need to be changed frequently, much like your catheters. Depending on the type of bag, it can be every week or month. You must immediately replace the bag if there is a leak, rip, or odor.
When a bag is empty, wrap it up and dispose of it in the garbage.
Some catheters lack a bag and instead contain a valve. You need to open the valve to allow the urine flow into the toilet or a receptacle. When it’s closed, the urine remains in your bladder. Be sure to wash your hands before touching the valve.