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You will require certain suprapubic catheter supplies after you have your surgery and for the length of time you use the indwelling device. Having access to specific materials on a daily basis is important to ensure that your catheter remains free from harmful bacteria and functions properly. Although there are some supplies that you will need to utilize everyday, there are others that you’ll use every four to six weeks. In stocking up on what is required for suprapubic catheter care, it’s best to have everything that you may need in your home and easily accessible at all times.

Daily Care Supplies

There are certain suprapubic catheter supplies that you will use on a daily basis. These goods are necessary, as they will keep your indwelling device in working order. You’ll use these materials each day when you irrigate your catheter and address the wound area.

These items include:

• Sterile medical gloves (one or two pair per procedure)
• Syringes (one or two per procedure)
• Aseptic wipes
• Sterile saline solution
• Sterile cleaning solution (as recommended by doctor)

The materials listed above will be used when you irrigate your suprapubic catheter and clean the incision area. Just after your surgery you will also need:

• Sterile medical bandages
• Clean, absorbent cloth
• Medical tape

These items, as well as the aseptic wipes and cleaning solution, will be used to cleanse the wound area while it is still healing. It is important to keep this area as free from bacteria as possible, as this will prevent infection.

Monthly Needs and Back Ups

Every four to six weeks you will change your suprapubic catheter. After you have your device changed the first time by a medical professional, you’ll be able to perform the procedure yourself or have a family member, friend, or nurse do it for you. In order to successfully change your catheter you will need the following basic supplies:

• Sterile medical gloves (one or two pair per procedure)
• Syringes (one or two per procedure)
• Aseptic wipes
• Sterile saline solution
• Sterile cleaning solution (as recommended by doctor)
• Sterile medical tape
• Clean, absorbent cloth

You will also need a new suprapublic catheter kit, which should include a catheter, tubing, and drainage bag. Depending on your situation, you may also require other items, such as medical scissors. For daily cleansing of the area or when in the shower, you should use warm water and soap. Do not utilize scented soaps, gels, or creams on the incision area. Always pat the area dry after cleaning; do not rub it dry.

Other materials to have on hand include:

• Extra tubing
• Leg straps to hold your bag in place
• Large urine bag for night time use
• Method of securing large bag to bed or safely placing it on floor

Dispose of Used Items

It is important that you dispose of all used items by bagging them and placing them in trash. Do not keep old catheters, dirty tubing and bags, or other items, such as used gloves and tape around. You may, however, reuse syringes, bags, and tubing if they have been properly cleaned and dried, and they are germ-free and functioning.

Follow Guidelines

When using suprapubic catheter supplies and cleaning or changing your indwelling device it is important that you follow manufacturer’s guidelines and your doctor’s or healthcare provider’s instructions. Always maintain a sterile environment and take necessary measures to make sure that you guard against infection.