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How Do You Remove a Foley Catheter?
MEDICAL ANIMATION TRANSCRIPT: Removing your Foley catheter involves emptying your Foley bag, deflating the balloon, and removing your catheter. You will need disposable gloves, a syringe for removing the water from the balloon, and a clean cloth or paper towels to clean up spills. Be sure to keep the Foley bag lower than your hips, to allow the urine to drain out of your bladder and into the bag. Step 1. Wash your hands with soap and water, and then dry them. Step 2. Hold the bottom of the Foley bag over a toilet. Step 3. Open the drain valve. Urine will begin draining from the bag. Empty the urine from the bag. Step 4. Close the valve. Step 5. Wash your hands with soap and water again, and then dry them. Step 6. Put on disposable gloves. Step 7. Unclip the catheter from your leg. Step 8. Hold the balloon port tubing in one hand. Firmly push the end of the syringe into the balloon port, and twist until you make a tight connection. Water from the balloon begins filling the syringe. Step 9. When the balloon is empty, relax, take a deep breath, and gently pull on the catheter to remove it. Do not pull hard. If gentle pulling does not remove the catheter, contact your healthcare provider.

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