How do I secure a three-way/triple lumen Foley?
Place only one or two arms of the Foley catheter in the clamp, and leave the other arm(s) on the outside of the clamp.
Do I need to shave the leg?
No. Do not shave the leg due to the possibility of micro lacerations that could increase the risk of infection. Clip the hair shorter when necessary, and/or lay the hair down in the direction it grows using both skin prep pads provided. Proper use of the skin prep often prevents the need for trimming unless hair growth is excessive.
Where do I place the STATLOCK® stabilization device?
It is placed on the targeted, prepped area on the anterior thigh, leaving only one inch of slack. It may also be placed on the abdomen. To ensure proper placement, be sure the patient fully extends his/her hip prior to STATLOCK® stabilization device placement. Then place the catheter into the device, and move it back up one inch before applying to the skin.
Why is the 1 inch of slack so important?
The STATLOCK® Foley stabilization device is designed with a retainer clamp that swivels. This allows increased comfort for a patient as the clamp moves with him/her. However, if there is too much slack left in the catheter then the clamp may turn so much that it leads to kinking of the catheter. One inch of slack allows enough room for comfortable movement but will prevent catheter kinking.
Won’t abdominal placement block urine flow?
Typically Not. The Foley drainage bag is still placed below the level of the bladder and will provide the gravity necessary for proper urine flow. Abdominal placement is necessary for some patients (i.e. pressure stockings, etc.). Abdominal placement is also preferred for chronic Foley placement in bedridden males, because it removes the downward pressure from the catheter on the meatus that often contributes to meatal erosion.
Another alternative with pressure stockings is to apply a transparent dressing on top of the stocking and then apply the STATLOCK® Foley stabilization device to the transparent dressing. This is easy and works well.
Can you use the STATLOCK® Foley stabilization device when pressure/tension is required in the catheter?
Yes. Pressure/tension can be applied easily with STATLOCK® Foley stabilization devices. When placing the anchor pad on the anterior thigh, keep the hip slightly flexed to the angle that achieves the appropriate pressure/tension once it is extended. Test this before applying the STATLOCK® stabilization device to the skin, so the catheter is not too taut.
Once the STATLOCK® stabilization device is secure and the patient extends his/her leg, the catheter will be taut, and the desired pressure/tensionis applied.