Colleen McCash Dille is the rehabilitation clinical specialist in the department of nursing practice at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City.
Decontamination of Vinyl Urinary Drainage Bags with Bleach
Article first published online: 3 SEP 2012
1993 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
Volume 18, Issue 5, pages 292–295, September-October 1993
How to Cite
Dille, C. M. and Kirchhoff, K. T. (1993), Decontamination of Vinyl Urinary Drainage Bags with Bleach. Rehabilitation Nursing, 18: 292–295. doi: 10.1002/j.2048-7940.1993.tb00773.x
- Issue published online: 3 SEP 2012
- Article first published online: 3 SEP 2012
The purpose of the study described here was to investigate whether vinyl urinary leg and bed bags used for a 4-week period in the acute rehabilitation setting could be safely reused after having been decontaminated daily with a diluted bleach rinse. Rehabilitation patients who had bladder dysfunction and used vinyl urinary drainage bags (N=88) were randomly assigned to control (C) and experimental (E) groups; 54 patients completed the study. Group C's bags were replaced weekly; group E's were replaced after 4 weeks. The bags of patients in both groups were decontaminated in identical fashion each day. On the patient's admission to the study, a baseline assessment was completed, a urine culture was obtained, and sterile drainage equipment was provided. Each week for 4 weeks, urine and bag characteristics and signs and symptoms of urinary tract infection were noted. No statistically significant differences (p < .5) were found between the groups. There were no clinical signs of infection requiring treatment, no changes in bag appearance or integrity, and no infection outbreaks associated with a single urinary tract pathogen that would indicate cross-contamination.