I forgot a step in catheterization...

  1. Hello,
    I am about to start my third semester towards my ADN and while reviewing some videos and procedures I realized that I forgot a step/detail in the urinary catheterization process. I only did one catheterization last year so I can't recall for sure what the answer is. When placing the sterile drape under the client's legs/buttocks does the shiny side go down or up?
    I know, its a stupid question and one not likely to be a big deal at all if I do it either way, but I hate it when I can't recall details like this. Thanks.
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  3. by   rn/writer
    Shiny side goes down. Absorbent side goes up.
  4. by   prmenrs
    Shiny side is "waterproof". If you put that side up, any liquids occuring in the proceedure might run off the drape onto your nice clean bed!