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Ask a Nurse: How Frequently Do I Need to Change my Catheter Bag?

In the latest of our “Ask a Nurse” series, we ask Marisa Scarano, Nightingale Nurse, how frequently a catheter bag needs to be changed.

It is recommended that you change a leg bag every 5-7 days. If you can, set a specific day of the week to change the leg bag as this will get you into a routine and you will be more likely to remember. In addition, some leg bags have a “date fitted” box that allows you to write, on the bag, the date it was fitted. This will provide an easy, visual reminder to when the bag will need changing.

What About Night Bags?

How Frequently Should I Change My Catheter Bag

The frequency in which your night bag will need to be changed will depend on what night bag you are using. If you are using a night bag designed for single use, it will need to be changed on a daily basis as, once it has been emptied, it cannot be reused. If you are using a night bag that is sterile and reusable, it will need to be changed every 5-7 days, the same as a leg bag.

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