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Indwelling catheters

Long term (indwelling, continuous) urethral catheters, is frequently left in place for a period of time.

The tube is attached to a gravity drainage bag to collect the urine.

The drainage bag may be either a leg bag, which is a smaller drainage device that attached by elastic bands to the leg. Intended for use in males, this is used during the day since it fits under clothes.

A larger gravity collection bag (down drain) may be used during the night or in females or bedridden patients and is hung at the bedside, below bladder but off floor.

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