Flushing a Supra Pubic Catheter

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Chris is a C5/6 quadriplegic who has a supra pubic catheter in place. Each day, his assistant flushes both the catheter and the tubing in order to prevent sediment buildup and help keep the urine flowing freely.

Chris has a clear catheter, so he can see when the sediment starts to build up. “It gets cloudy every day, in the morning and in the night from sitting too long,” he says.

Just before the flushing begins, Chris’ assistant squeezes and manipulates the catheter to help break up the sediment that has adhered to the inside of the tube. The assistant then attaches a syringe full of flushing liquid to the catheter, and slowly pushes it in. (Though Chris does not say what liquid is used for flushing, saline solution is commonly used.)

Chris’ assistant then pushes hot water through the drain bag tubing to also free it from sediment.

“If I don’t do this, I end up with a lot of pain, so it seems to help a lot. … Those couple steps will make your life a little bit better.”

When it comes to keeping your body healthy, daily maintenance is a necessity for quadriplegics like Chris. Be sure to share this informative post!

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