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Nephrostomy weekly bag and dressing changes

Do you have a nephrostomy tube and need refreshing on how to care for it. This short film talks you through the steps to self care for your nephrostomy.

For this procedure you require:

  • Someone who has been taught to perform this procedure
  • Water for cleansing e.g. boiled, cooled tap water
  • Drainage bag with security straps (e.g. NephSys)
  • Drain fixation dressing (e.g. Drain Fix, Drain-Guard or OPSITE Post-Op Visible drain dressing) or if sutured in position can use a simple gauze and tape dressing
  • Alcohol (chlorhexidine) wipe
  • Adhesive remover
  • Micropore tape or similar (optional)
  • Small waste bag
  • Alcohol hand gel.

How to flush a nephrostomy tube

Does your nephrostomy require flushing? If you have a nephrostomy and have been taught to flush it to maintain flow, this film offers a refresher on how to do this at home.

For this procedure you require:

  • Someone who has been taught to perform this procedure
  • 0.9% sodium chloride
  • 10ml luer lock or luer tip syringe
  • sterile gauze
  • Alcohol-based hand rub
  • Blunt disposable clamps
  • Alcohol (chlorhexidine) wipe
  • Sterile nephrostomy drainage bag