Implementation Science and Research
30/30 Education Session - 30 minutes
Reusable urinary drainage leg bags are often used in post-acute care settings and in LTC facilities for residents who are mobile and have chronic indwelling urinary catheters. A major concern in their use is the risk of pathogenic organisms entering the bladder through a breach in the closed drainage system during frequent connecting and disconnecting from the large drainage bag system, combined with the lack of understanding of aseptic technique in the use of these devices.
IPs are instrumental in assessing the impact of the use of urinary leg bags on the frequency of UTIs and coordinating safe care of residents with indwelling urinary catheters. Clinical expertise in their appropriate use has been hindered by scant evidence-based guidance on use and handling of these devices, increasing risk.
This course will highlight the methods and results of a national multidisciplinary workgroup of LTC physicians and IPs and provide the consensus and rationale for current best practices on the usage, benefits, and risks associated with urinary draining leg bags. Participants will also cover regulatory requirements regarding their use, and the impact of urinary drainage leg bags on CAUTIs. A comprehensive actionable and practical list of best practices based on expert consensus, key recommendations, and evidence for safe use will be shared as well.