Supra Pubic Catheter
What to Expect at Home
Your catheter will make it easier for you to drain your bladder and avoid infections. You will need to make sure it is working properly. Your catheter will need to be changed every 4-6 weeks.
Drink 8 to 12 glasses of water every day for a few days after your catheter change. It is best to keep the catheter taped to your belly.
Once your catheter is in place, you will need to empty your bad only a few times a day.
Caring for Your Skin New Your Catheter
Follow these guidelines for good health and skin care:
- Check the catheter site a few times a day. Check for redness, pain, swelling, or pus.
- Wash the area around your catheter every day with mild soap and water. Gently pat it dry. Showers are fine. Ask your doctor or nurse about bathtubs, swimming pools and hot tubs.
- Do not use creams, powders, or sprays near the site.
- Apply bandages around the site the way your doctor or nurse showed you.
Make Sure Your Catheter Is Working
You will need to check your catheter and bag throughout the day.
- Make sure your bag is always below your waist. This will keep urine from going back into your bladder.
- Try not to disconnect the catheter more than you need to. Keeping it connected will make it work better.
- Check for kinks, and move the tubing around if it is not draining.
When to Call the Doctor
Call your doctor or nurse if:
- You are leaking urine.
- You notice blood in your urine a few days after you leave the hospital or surgical center.
- You are bleeding at the insertion site after your catheter has been change, and it doesn’t stop within 24 hours.
- Your catheter seems blocked.
- You notice grit or stones in your urine.
- You notice a smell or change in color in your urine, or your urine is cloudy.
- You have signs of infection (a burning sensation when you urinate, fever or chills).
If you are experiencing one of the following above, contact the physician on call 941-309-7000.