Four main types of drainage bag taps Clamp Flip Flow Release clasp, push down and up, click clasp back in place Push down and up T-Tap Lever Slide sideways Push down and up General tips • Choose a drainage bag based on the tap you can most easily open and close with your finger(s) if your dexterity and eyesight are impaired e.g. Can you hook your finger into the lever? Will lever open or close accidentally under the pull of your clothes? • Always empty a drainage bag when it is ¾ full of urine. • Dispose of a drainage bag by first emptying the urine in the bag into a toilet or receptacle, then place the old bag inside two plastic bags and discard in the rubbish bin. • Always secure a bag lower than your bladder to facilitate drainage. • Never place a night bag directly on the ground, instead place in a bucket on the ground. • Strap a day bag securely to a leg to prevent it from trailing or dragging on the catheter, but not too tight around the leg restricting blood flow. • A wide variety of straps and leg bag holders are available to buy separately to maximise your comfort. • Measure your thigh or calf before purchase to ensure the right size strap or holder is worn. To purchase your drainage bags, you can visit store.independenceaustralia.com for quick and reliable home delivery. © Independence Australia Group 2019. No part of this fact sheet may be reproduced in whole or in part in any manner without permission.