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How to Care for your Suprapubic Catheter

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What is a suprapubic catheter?

A suprapubic catheter is a tube that drains urine from your bladder. It is inserted through a small hole in your lower abdomen and into your bladder. Suprapubic means that the catheter is inserted above your pubic bone. You may need a catheter because you have problems urinating because of a medical condition or surgery. A suprapubic catheter is also called an indwelling urinary catheter.

Why is catheter care important?

An infection can develop when bacteria get inside the catheter or drainage system. This can happen when the urine bag is changed or when a urine sample is collected. You can get an infection if you do not wash your hands. You can also get an infection if the catheter equipment is not cleaned properly. Urinary catheter-based infections can lead to serious illness. The following can help prevent infection:

How do I care for my drainage bag?

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When should I call my doctor?

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