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daughterwwiivet (@daughterwwiivet)

How often does a Foley catheter need to be changed?

Prostate Cancer | Last Active: Oct 22, 2022 | Replies (7)

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@jakedduck1

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My dad was paralyzed and I stopped using Foleys because of the bladder cancer risk but it was too late. I switched to condom-type catheters which I changed daily.
Regarding changing Foleys, different doctors, patients and care givers have various opinions from daily to 4 times a year. I changed my dad’s once a week and used a new leg bag and/or drainage bag every day.
My dad also took the urinary anti-infective drug Mandelamine to help prevent urinary tract infections. If your dad isn’t having infections or other complications, your timing may be good enough.
I would insist on the same person changing it.
Take care,
Jake

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Jake is spot on with advice, my husband only had 1 installed for 2weeks, fought infection for 2months.. I am a retired nurse and did private home care with quadriplegic men and often advised to switch to condom and was always very happy with results..extremely easy to perform personal care..