When you're new to living with a catheter, it will probably take you a little while to get used to everything that comes with it. One of the main things that you'll need to consider is how you're goin gto secure your catheter and your catheter leg bag in place.
But why is this so important? Well, just imagine for a moment that your catheter leg bag isn't properly secured as it gets heavier while filling up. This will likely lead to pulling on the catheter inside your urethra which can result in sores and infections. You also run into danger of injury to your urethra or bladder neck if your catheter isn't supported properly. So, to prevent this from happening, there are a few things that you can do to keep your catheter and your catheter leg bag securely in place.
USE A CATHETER FIXATION DEVICE
The catheter strap
A catheter strap is a great option to securely hold your catheter in place while still having freedom of movement. The Ugo Fix Catheter Strap gives you the necessary support, no matter whether you’re wearing a suprapubic catheter, a urethral catheter, or a urinary sheath. It features soft and comfortable silicone strips than make sure that your catheter tubing stays in place. You can wear the Ugo Fix Catheter Strap either on your abdomen or on your thigh, whatever works for you. The catheter strap is available in a number of different sizes and even if it’s still a little bit too long for you, it can easily be trimmed down, ensuring a snug fit.
The catheter clip
A catheter clip is a great option to ensure your indwelling urethral or suprapubic catheter stays in place. This will minimise pulling on the catheter and with it the risk of injury and damage to your bladder neck and urethra. The Ugo Fix Gentle Catheter Clip features a re-adhesive silicone pad that is super easy to position and remove (without the painful ripping of a plaster feeling). And you don’t even have to prepare your skin before putting it on. The revolving clip of the Ugo Fix Gentle Catheter Clip means you can move around without any restrictions. It is compatible with urethral and suprapubic catheters and can sit either on your abdomen or your thigh. Whatever works for you!
USE A LEG BAG FIXATION DEVICE
The leg bag sleeve
A leg bag sleeve is a comfortable option that ensures your leg bag is safely secured in place. The Ugo Fix Sleeve comes without any unnecessary holes for tubing which means you won’t have to disconnect anything to put it on, which will massively reduce the infection risk. Your leg bag is held in a reinforced pocket, so it’s kept away from your skin for extra comfort. The fabric used in the Ugo Fix Leg Bag Sleeve is durable and yet soft and keeps your bag close to your leg even as it fills. This means that the bulge under your clothes will only be minor. You can wear the Ugo Fix Leg Bag Sleeve with leg bags that are attached to both urethral and suprapubic catheters as well as urinary sheath systems.
The leg bag straps
Leg bag straps are a great alternative if a leg bag sleeve isn’t your thing or if you just want to try something different. Leg bag straps generally give you a greater range of options when it comes to where you want to wear your catheter bag on your leg. If you purchase the Ugo Fix Leg Bag Straps you’ll get detailed instructions how and where you can wear your leg bag but, generally, you can either wear the bag on your thigh, shin, or even your knee. Whatever takes your fancy! You’ll get a pair of Ugo Fix Leg Bag Straps with every box of Ugo Leg Bags and, if you want more, we also sell them in boxes of 10.
The leg bag belt
If you’re walking with a bit of a bounce, you might find that leg bag straps or a leg bag sleeve don’t provide enough support. That’s when a leg bag belt might be perfect option for you. The Ugo Fix Leg Bag Belt is fully adjustable and can be cut to size, so it fits no matter the size of your leg. The padded band is extra wide and has a breathable fabric backing with a silicone technology that grips to the skin without being uncomfortable. The Ugo Fix Leg Bag Belt can be washed and reused. If you need a Ugo Laundry Bag, get in touch with us at email@example.com and we’ll get one sent out to you.