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Suprapubic Catheter Care

A suprapubic (SP) catheter is a tube that enters the urinary bladder through the wall of the abdomen. It may be needed for a variety of reasons. Often, it is used to constantly drain urine from the bladder after certain surgeries on the genitals or bladder.

The suprapubic tube may be connected to a large drainage bag or to a smaller drainage bag that is attached to the leg.

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SP Catheter Care

Cleaning the Catheter


Emptying the Bag

Changing the Bag


Call Your Child's Doctor If:

Last Updated: 10/2012