Thanks Disher, cdc was one of the first sites I checked, and they really didn't address home care, hence the not opening the system, whihc in the hospital, with all the MRSA, etc, makes perfect sense.
NOw the next tip I need is how the heck do you rinse the bags and tubing out on the bed bag, not too easy to run water and pour vinegar into the tubings. Anyone have any neat little teaching tips for that? Do you tell pt's to try a small funnel, or what? I have taught pt's to soak the legs bags in the vinegar water solution inside a basin. I tell them after you get the bag filled, all the bubbles come out, then pinch off the ends and shake it around to get all the sediment out, if any, then drain, and repeat 2 or three times as needed. Mt pt's have said this works well, but I need a better tip to clean out the leg bags.
I will go check out that other site you recommended first disher, thanks.
I'm back from my surfing, and that spinal cord nurses site has a wonderful clinical practice guide. I never would have thought of looking at a site like that. Thank goodness we can come here, and help each other like this!!! Thanks disher, and NRS Karen, who I reuested a sample of her info she got from Bard. Which is interesting, b/c I have a pt teaching guide from Bard that actually discourages you from opening the system, or even removing the red plastic at the connector site. The stuff I have must be older than what NRSKaren got. Thanks again guys!!