Bladder Irrigation

Document created by tfreiberg Employee on Dec 27, 2016Last modified by mcunningham on May 3, 2018
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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
  • Gloves


What to do

  1. Wash your hands; wear gloves.
  2. Explain to the patient what you are going to do, even if you are unsure whether they can hear you.
  3. 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.
  4. Squeeze bulb on syringe to draw up _________mL of sterile water.
  5. Hold catheter upright, put syringe tip into catheter and gently push water into bladder – don’t force.
  6. Let go of bulb to draw back water from the bladder. Remove syringe from the catheter and squirt water/urine into container.
  7. Lay catheter over container to drain remaining water from bladder.
  8. Repeat steps 2-5 again ________ times or until water is clear.
  9. 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.
  10. Reconnect catheter to drainage bag tubing.
  11. Throw away supplies and wash hands.


Special instructions

  • 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, Tenth Edition, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2013.