Bladder irrigation is done to keep the catheter open and draining.
Supplies you will need
- An irrigation tray kit (nurse will provide).
- Sterile water
- Protective pads (Chux)
- Clean container to catch urine
What to do
- Wash your hands; wear gloves.
- Explain to the patient what you are going to do, even if you are unsure whether they can hear you.
- Disconnect the catheter at the “Y” from the drainage tube. Lay end of tube on pad. Lay end of catheter over sterile tray from kit.
- Squeeze bulb on syringe to draw up _________mL of sterile water.
- Hold catheter upright, put syringe tip into catheter, and gently push water into bladder – don’t force.
- Let go of bulb to draw back water from the bladder. Remove syringe from the catheter and squirt water/urine into container.
- Lay catheter over container to drain remaining water from bladder.
- Repeat steps 2-5 again ________ times or until water is clear.
- If medicated solution is ordered, put __________________________ into the bladder, clamp catheter and leave solution in ___________ minutes. Unclamp catheter and allow solution to drain into container.
- Reconnect catheter to drainage bag tubing.
- Throw away supplies and wash hands.
- If you feel that either the catheter or the drainage tube ends have been contaminated, clean each with Betadine or alcohol wipes.
Adapted from: The Lippincott Manual of Nursing Practice (10th ed.) Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2013.