As people grow older, they begin to lose control of their bodily movements and functions. The loss of control extends to even the most basic of bodily functions. People may develop different diseases as they grow older. ALS is one such disease that makes the body feel as though all its bones are melting. Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease affect short and long term memory retention. There are many more such diseases that older people begin to endure.
Why Would You Need A Urine Drainage Bag?
However, you don’t need to get a disease. With old age, you begin to lose control of your bodily systems in any case. One such system you may lose control of as you get older is your excretory or urinary system. Urine retention becomes quite hard for people. Often, you may have noticed your grandfather or grandmother running to the loo every few hours – much more frequently than you would. There are also cases to note wherein people cannot walk all that easily, as a result of joint aches and possible arthritis. Consequently, going to the bathroom very frequently can be quite a draining task. Here’s where urine drainage bags come of great help.
What Are These Bags?
Urine drainage bags or leg bags are bags that we can attach to the side of our leg. How does this help with the problem of loss of urinary retention? Here’s the answer. The urine drainage bag connects with a catheter that attaches directly to the bladder. The catheter attaches to the bladder via the urethra. By this process, we eliminate the need to feel the pressure to go to the bathroom. The catheter drains the urine from the bladder itself. The urine then connects to the leg bag, or the urine drainage bag, which requires someone to remove it whenever it begins to fill up. Smaller bags called leg bags are suitable to use in the daytime, and larger ones which we call urine drainage bags are best suited for the nighttime while sleeping.
How To Care For Urine Drainage Bags?
There’s not a lot you need to care for your urine drainage bag if you use one. However, the materials you do require are of great importance to your hygiene and precautions. You will need body tape to hold the bag in place; cotton balls, alcohol pads, white vinegar, and a towel or cloth to help you with the cleaning process of the bag. When emptying the urine drainage bag and leg bag, make sure to thoroughly wash your hands with good quality cleaning agents before and after.
You must figure out the correct way to drain the bag according to the type of kit you have. Please read the instructions manual carefully for the same. While you are carrying out this process, you must also be careful not to tug on the catheter. Even by accident, it can be painful and also damaging for the person to whom the catheter is attached. Also, make sure to wash the urine drainage bag thoroughly with white vinegar when changing from smaller to larger bags before sleeping and after waking up.