Health Tips

Collecting the Supplies for Catheter Use

When someone you know or provide patient care for relies on a catheter or other supplies that are used for urine function, you need to understand the different types of supplies that are available and how to care for them. You can usually order most of the items that are needed from companies online. Once you have all of the supplies that are needed, you can examine them to learn how they are properly used before using them with your patient or family member.


A catheter is one of the most common urological supplies that you will use. There are various sizes that you can order depending on the size that is comfortable for the patient. You will also find that there are different types of catheters depending on how they are inserted, such as a Foley catheter or an external catheter. You need to pay attention to the needs of the patient and exactly how the catheter should be used before selecting the type because some can cause an infection while others are too large for the urinary tract.

Drainage Bags

A drainage bag is an essential piece of equipment for anyone who has a catheter. Bags come in all sizes and are made of a few different kinds of materials. Most bags are kept on the side of the best to allow for gravity to work in conjunction with nature when the person has to urinate. There is usually a small opening on the top of the bag that allows for easy emptying when the bag is full. A benefit of a drainage bag is that you can clearly see if there is any kind of blood in the urine and how much urine is being made during the day. If there are any issues that are seen, then you can alert the proper medical personnel so that the proper treatment can be administered.

Miscellaneous Supplies

Aside from the basic supplies, there are a few essentials when you use a catheter that you will need. A lubricant is used when the catheter is inserted to provide comfort for the patient. A urinal is also a piece of equipment that can be used by the patient when the catheter is removed for cleaning purposes or if the catheter doesn’t need to be inserted all day. When keeping the catheter and area of the body clean, you can use an irrigation tray. Most trays contain all of the gauze, tubes and other items that are needed for cleaning the skin and removing the catheter so that it can be washed. A strap is an item that you might want to consider if the patient is active instead of staying in the bed all day. The strap can be put around the leg and holds the tubing from the catheter in place so that the person can easily move around. A small drainage bag is also attached to the bottom of the tube for collection while the person is out of bed.