I have had a department director approach me about a catheter question that I was not for sure of the answer to.
Sometimes a foley cath is placed and then there are changes with the pt that require close output monitoring. The original bag for the catheters is being romoved and a bag with a urometer is put on. The question is "Is this safe practice since the closed system cathter is being opened to change the bag"? I have not really found anything that supports this topic. I thought that if it had to be done it was okay unless it was happening on every patient? Any feedback welcomed please.
Oct 28, '13
I don't see an issue. Urine is traveling in one direction - from the bladder into the collection device. With any kind of reasonable technique at all, it would be nearly impossible to introduce any kind of infection into the urinary tract simply by unhooking the bag and connecting a urometer in its place, IMO.
Last edit by Orca on Oct 28, '13
Oct 29, '13
Quote from studentnurse9806
From what I understand the Foley catheter is a closed system. Any opening of the system I.e changing the drainage bag is a risk for infection
UTIs generally aren't caused by airborne bacteria. I don't see significantly more risk in this than in changing an IV bag.
Last edit by Orca on Oct 29, '13