Figure 3-9. Foley triple lumen catheter.
c. Place the sterile tubing protector on the end of the drainage tubing. An
alternative is to cover the opening with sterile gauze moistened with antiseptic.
d. Fill the syringe with 30 to 60 cc of solution and insert the syringe tip well into
the end of the catheter.
e. Gently compress the ball or end of the syringe to instill the irrigating solution.
Do not apply force. Replace the catheter if it cannot be irrigated.
f. Allow the instilled solution to flow back into the basin by gravity.
g. Connect the catheter and drainage tube.
h. Note the total amount of solution used for irrigating and measure the amount
of solution returned in the basin. In some cases there is less solution returned than
solution instilled. Both amounts must be recorded. The amount that remains will
eventually drain into the collection bag.
i. Discard the solution drained into the basin. Replace or protect the irrigating