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Bladder probe: what care should be taken

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The main steps to take care of someone who is using a bladder catheter, also known as bladder catheterization, at home are: keep the tube and the collection bag clean, so how to check that the tube is working correctly. In addition to this, it is also important to change the bladder catheter in accordance with the material and the manufacturer’s instructions.

Usually, the urinary catheter is inserted into the urethra to treat urinary retention, in cases of benign prostatic hypertrophy or in the postoperative period of urological and gynecological surgeries. Know when it is recommended to use a urinary catheter.

How to keep the probe and collection bag clean

To speed up the recovery and reduce the risk of an infection, it is very important to always keep both the probe and the collection bag clean, as well as the genital organs to avoid a urinary infection.



To ensure that the urinary catheter is clean and without urine crystals, you must take care of the following:

  • Avoid removing or pushing the urinary catheterit could cause herids in the bladder and in the urethra;
  • Wash the outside of the probe with water and soap 2 to 3 times a day, to prevent bacteria from contaminating the urinary tract;
  • Do not lift the collection bag above the level of the bladder, keeping it suspended on the side of the bed when sleeping, for example, so that the urine does not return to the bladder and so that bacteria are not transported to the interior of the body;
  • Never put the collection bag on the floortransporting it, whenever necessary, inside another plastic bag or tied to the leg, with the purpose of preventing the bacteria on the floor from contaminating the probe;
  • Vaccinate the probe collection bag Whenever there is a fill of orina up to mitad of its capacity, using the valve of the bag. In case the bag does not have this valve, it must be discarded and placed in a new one. However, it is important to observe the characteristics of the orina, since any alteration may indicate some type of complication, such as bleeding or infection. Know what can cause color changes in the urine.

In addition to these care, it is important to dry the collection bag and the probe after bathing. However, if the collection bag separates from the probe in the bath or at another time, it is important to remove it from the base and replace it with a new and sterile collection bag. The probe tip should also be disinfected with 70% alcohol.

These cares can be carried out by whoever is taking care of the person, however, they must also be carried out by the patient himself whenever he feels capable.

When changing the urinary catheter

In most cases, the urinary catheter is filled with silicone and, therefore, must be changed every 3 months. However, if you have a probe made of another type of material, such as latex, it may be necessary to change the probe more frequently, for example, every 10 days.



The exchange must be carried out at the hospital by a health professional, as it will be programmed.

Warning signs to go to the doctor

Some signs indicate that it is necessary to go immediately to the hospital or to first aid to change the probe and carry out the exams, these are:

  • Bleed inside the urinary catheter collection bag;
  • Leakage of urine from the probe;
  • Fiebre above 38 ºC and chills;
  • Pain in the bladder.

In certain cases, it is normal for the person to feel the desire to urinate all the time due to the presence of the probe in the bladder; This can be perceived as a slight feeling of discomfort or constant pain in the area, which should be referred to the doctor so that the appropriate medication is prescribed, thus increasing the patient’s well-being.

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