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Nurses & Caregivers – Need your input

Pattiann42 | Posted in General Discussion on

My local chapter of the American Red Cross has a production department of five ladies who sew lap robes, walker pockets and bibs for local nursing homes and those in need.

We have been asked to make catheter pockets and we are unsure where to start. We have requested a new catheter waste bag, but we still need to know the best and most comfortable (if at all possible) way the pocket should be fashioned to hold the waste bag.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks for reading my post.


  1. jjgg | | #1

    How about sort of like just a wide tube, leave it open at the bottom (so they can get to the port to empty it) but velcro it at the top to hold it in place. This way you won't need to know if the tube entering the bag is in the center or to one side, the velcro would just close around the tube.

    You would slip it on from the bottom. I hope this makes sense to you.
    I was going to say you could embellish them but I guess thats not such a great idea. simple cotton covers with a little velcro could easily be laundered and reused.

    1. user-51823 | | #2

      OMG, i had a good laugh at the idea of embellishing! before you think i'm insensitive, let me say my dad is 92 and wore one for a while after his stroke 4 yrs ago. i'm trying to remember how the things were worn- i mean what bore the weight of the bag...

      1. Pattiann42 | | #4

        I think I may have had the same graphic come to my mind (little boy p-ing in the yard) - but this is not only sensitive, but uncomfortable.

        My husband had a urinary problem a few years ago that put him in the hospital for a couple of days - he learned his lesson - diabetics & heart patients need to take it easy when the weather is hot.

        I remember him asking me to open the bottom of the pockets in his pj shorts, but neither of us can remember the significance - as soon as the catheter was removed the thought of the entire episode left both our minds.

        There is just so much room for our thoughts to reside these days.  I guess that's why they say getting old is not for sissies!


    2. Pattiann42 | | #6

      Thanks for replying.   I will be keeping your suggestion in mind.

  2. nicoleauroux | | #3

    I have dealt with catheter bags for years, and made a few covers myself.  The cover is meant to be unobtrusive, so probably shouldn't be made from colorful fabric or embellished.  All that's really needed is a pocket slightly larger than the catheter bag, with a small bit of velcro on either side of the center to hold the top edges together.  The velcro also holds the cover onto the bag itself.  The catheter bag has a hook to attach it to wheelchair or bedframe, so the cover does not have to bear the weight of the bag.  It should be closed at the bottom so the emptying tube doesn't fall out or drag.

    I hope this helps.


    1. Pattiann42 | | #5

      Thanks for replying.  I am printing all the replies for the "girls" to review.

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