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Old 03-25-2007, 06:48 AM   #1
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Foley cath

Hi -
My partner (a woman) and I are going to be living together fairly soon, which is a big step in our relationship - but I just was wondering, she has a cervical spine injury and she's basically paralyzed from the shoulders down. she has a foley catheter and i'm going to need to know how these work... etc, because i'm probably going to need to know how to change one... or at least understand it (collection bags... etc)! thank you so much,
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ps. also, where does the bag go while my partner is in bed?

 
Old 03-25-2007, 07:09 AM   #2
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Re: Foley cath

I had one once at home and the bag just needed to be emptied periodically. The bad was taped to my inner leg in between the thigh and knee. It really wasn't too big of a deal.

 
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Old 03-25-2007, 07:14 AM   #3
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Re: Foley cath

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I had one once at home and the bag just needed to be emptied periodically.
How do you empty one? I don't mean to sound clueless but a PCA has always done this for her... but now I figure I need to know.

 
Old 03-25-2007, 07:24 AM   #4
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Re: Foley cath

When I emptied mine, I just unscrewed the cap, poured it out, and screwed the cap back on. I really dont know how it would be done with a person that is paralyzed because I did mine myself. But in the hospital a nurse emptied it, so it must come off real easy. Try doing a search on the web and I am sure you can find out more.

 
Old 03-25-2007, 12:46 PM   #5
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Re: Foley cath

Caths are not hard to deal with. My husband came home with one for two weeks.

Make sure you have a spare bag at home, we used to rotate the bag and they need to be cleaned once in a while as well. When he showered we used to clip it on the shower door knob, in bed we put this little clip on the side of the bed and hung it there.

Emptying it was very easy. There really isn't very much difficulty, unless it clogs or needs to be adjusted by a nurse.

 
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