Nightbag disasters

My nightbag keeps coming away from my pouch in the night its really getting me down . Are there any products with longer lines as i think it happens when i move in my sleep 



  • Dear Maci

    Welcome to the online community. My name is Penelope and I am one of the Cancer Information Nurse Specialists. I am sorry to hear about your night bag disasters. I can well imagine that interrupted sleep and cleaning up any leakage would be getting you down.

    From your description I am not entirely sure what equipment you are using. I think you may be referring to a urinary catheter. If so, the night bags may be attached directly to the leg bag. The connecting tube can sometimes be pushed in more securely by gentle pressure. This training video how to attach a catheter night drainage bag from the Royal Marsden Hospital may be helpful. If your pouch and night bag are different to the video, then please ignore it. One thing that can cause the night bag to disconnect is if it becomes heavy with urine in the night. Attaching the night bag just before sleep or ensuring it is empty before you go to sleep may be helpful.

    As you suggested it may be that a different product would be more suitable for you. Whilst we are not able to recommend a specific product, I hope that the following information will be helpful.

    In different areas of the country medical products may be supplied in different ways. We would suggest speaking to whoever you get your supplies from about your night bag disconnections. This may be the hospital, a district nurse, or your GP. If you have the details of a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) they may also be able to advise on different products or ways to keep the night bag secure. Please don’t feel that you will be troubling anyone by getting in touch. It is really important that you have a reliable product that you feel confident about using.

    I can see that you have also joined a couple of forums. If you feel comfortable to do so you could post on one of the forums to see how other people have coped with night bag issues. You may also find the Bladder and Bowel Community website a useful source of information and support.

    Best wishes

    Penelope, Cancer Information Nurse Specialist 

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