Indwelling urine catheter Irrigation (1282)

Key points below


Why do I need to irrigate the catheter?

This procedure will help keep the catheter open so the urine drains.  You will need to irrigate the catheter if:

What will I need?

How do I irrigate the catheter?

1. Wash your hands with soap and warm water.

2. Pour the water into a clean container. 

3. Fill the syringe with ____________ mL's of water.  Do not let the tip of the syringe touch anything.  If the tip does touch something, clean the tip with an alcohol wipe.

4. If a leg bag is used, disconnect the catheter from the leg bag.  Do not let the ends of the tubes touch anything.  Clean the end with an alcohol wipe if it does touch something.  If your child wears a double diaper, open both diapers.

5. Connect the syringe to the end of the catheter.  Push the water in slowly over 30 to 60 seconds.  If it is hard to push the water in, check to be sure the tube is not kinked.

6. After the fluid is in, pull back gently on the plunger.  Try to pull back ___________ mL's of fluid.   It is okay if you don't get that much fluid back.  

7. Disconnect the syringe from the tubing.  Look to see if fluid drips from the end of the          catheter.  If it does, reconnect the tube to the leg bag or put your child's diaper back on.   If it doesn't, repeat steps 5 and 6 up to two (2) more times.  

How do I clean the syringe?



Call your child’s doctor, nurse, or clinic if you have any questions or concerns or if:

  • You have tried to irrigate the catheter and it is still not draining.
  • Your child has special health care needs that were not covered by this information.