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These may be used as an alternative to a leg bag. Valves should be changed every 7 days. They may be attached to a night bag to allow drainage overnight.
During the day the valve will need to be opened at regular intervals as per patient assessment.
It is essential that a full assessment is carried out prior to valve use, ensuring that the patient fully understands. Cognitive function and dexterity need to be considered when assessing for a catheter valve.
If the patient has no bladder sensation please discuss with the Bladder and Bowel care team.
Catheter valves should be changed every 5-7 days. No more than one packet (5) should be prescribed every month