The urinary leg bag is a device used to collect and preserve urine. It can be worn on the leg, or on or under the knee. The leg bags can be directly connected to Foley catheters or external condom catheters. If you prefer to wear the leg bag on the calf, the leg bag can be connected to the extension tube and then to the catheter. Leg bags are omnipotent. They come in many different styles and sizes. Even the straps come in many different styles. Don't be afraid to try different styles until you find the leg bag that suits you best. If you don't like straps at all, consider a leg bag brace.
The leg bag should be replaced every 5-7 days. The longer time between leg bag changes helps reduce the risk of infection entering the closed drainage system.
Safely changing the leg bag includes 5 simple steps:
1. Wash your hands with warm soapy water and dry them
2. Clamp the catheter at the junction of the drainage tube and the expansion tube, and clamp the leg bag above the connector. Gently rotate the catheter while pulling the catheter away from the connector.
3. Remove the cap of the new bag and dispose of the old bag
4. Gently but firmly insert the new bag into the catheter. Be careful not to touch the open end of the catheter or the connector on the new drainage bag. Once connected, wash your hands again.
5. Write down the date you changed the leg bag on the bag date box, and write a note on the calendar to remind you to change the leg bag in 5-7 days.
Sometimes you may notice that your leg bags are not full. If this is the case, check the catheter and bag for any kinks or twists in the top of the bag or catheter tubing. Also, check the location of the bag. If it is higher than you are your bladder, you will experience poor drainage.
For example, if you are sitting on a sofa with your knees facing up. If you can't see any kinks and the bag is lower than your bladder, talk to your medical professional immediately, because lack of drainage may mean that the catheter is blocked.