Equipment Needed

Barrier (paper towel or pad)
Alcohol Wipe
I&O Recording Sheet
Measuring Graduate

Emptying a Urinary Drainage Bag (step 22 added)

  1. Introduce self to the resident.
  2. Identify that hands should be washed.
  3. Explain procedure to resident.
  4. Provide for residents' privacy by pulling curtain.
  5. Raise side rails on both sides of the bed.
  6. Raise bed between mid thigh and waist level.
  7. Put on gloves.
  8. Place barrier on the floor under the drainage bag.
  9. Place the graduate on the previously placed barrier.
  10. Open the drain to allow the urine to flow into the graduate until the bag is empty.
  11. Avoid touching the graduate with the tip of the tubing.
  12. Close the drain.
  13. Wipe the drain with antiseptic wipe after emptying drainage bag.
  14. Replace drain in holder.
  15. Lower bed and lower side rails.
  16. Place graduate on flat surface at eye level to measure output.
  17. Empty graduate into toilet. Rinse and dry equipment.
  18. Return equipment to storage.
  19. Turn gloves inside out as they are removed. Dispose of gloves in the appropriate container.
  20. Leave resident in a position of safety and comfort. (Bed and side rails lowered).
  21. Record the output in cc/ml on signed recording sheet.
  22. Record reading in the correct location on the signed recording sheet.
  23. Recorded measurement from the recording pad is within 2 5cc or mls of RN Observer's measurement.
  24. Open privacy curtain
  25. Place call light or signal device within reach of resident.
  26. Maintain respectful, courteous interpersonal interactions.
  27. Identify that hands should be washed.

Skills key can be found on the D & S Video title page.