During your surgery, a suprapubic catheter
was inserted through your lower abdomen into your bladder. The catheter helps your bladder
rest and heal. It is generally left in place for 2 to 4 weeks after the surgery.
Each morning and night, the dressing is changed and the skin around the catheter cleaned.
This is best done in the shower but can also be done while sitting or lying down.
The equipment you will need to assemble includes: * Washcloth
* Liquid soap * Antibiotic ointment
* A small, clean hand towel * A 4 by 4 gauze dressing
* Sharp scissors, cleaned with isopropyl alcohol * Surgical tape Always, before you touch the catheter or the
dressing, carefully wash and dry your hands. Before going into the shower, ensure that
the catheter plug is secure in the end of the catheter. Patient Education
Gently remove the dressing from around the catheter. Discard it into the trash.
Retape the end of the catheter to the abdomen. Examine the skin around the catheter by pulling
up on the lower abdomen or using a mirror. A small amount of redness and clear drainage
is a normal reaction of the skin to the catheter. A large area of redness or colored or foul
smelling drainage must be reported to your doctor.
Again, wash and dry your hands. Go into the shower, taking the liquid soap
and washcloth with you. Clean the rest of your body without touching the catheter or
the lower abdomen. Then, soap the washcloth and use it to clean
gently around the catheter site. It is not used for the rest of your body. Patient Education
Discharge Come out of the shower and dry your body without
touching the lower abdomen. Then gently clean the catheter site with the
hand towel. Discard the washcloth and hand towel into the laundry.
Apply a small amount of antibiotic ointment to the skin around the catheter site.
Use the cleansed scissors to cut halfway up the 4 by 4 gauze dressing.
Place the gauze dressing around the catheter. Tape the gauze to the abdomen and check that
the tape holding the end of the catheter to the abdomen is secure. Wash and dry your hands.
When you remove the plug from the catheter to allow urine to drain, always wipe the plug
with alcohol before replacing it. A prepackaged alcohol wipe is good for this purpose.
If you connect your catheter to a drainage bag overnight, store the plug in a disposable
plastic cup of isopropyl alcohol.