Introduction: Double Leg Bag
If you or someone you know must wear a urinary leg bag, you know that one of the most tedious things about it is emptying it frequently. Folks are encouraged to drink a lot of water to promote healthy kidneys and bladders, but all that water has to go somewhere!
This can make travel, going to the movies, anything that involves several hours of time a problem. When my husband was working (he's quadriplegic) it was embarrassing for him to ask someone to help him empty his leg bag every several hours.
So, we devised a double leg bag.This adds twice the storage capacity and cuts bathroom trips in half. I never thought too much about this idea, until I went to the doctor with my husband and the nurses in the office thought it was such a great idea.
I hope it helps someone else out there dealing with the same situation.
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Step 1: Begin With 2 Bags
Here, I've removed the straps from the bags to make the image simpler to view.
Notice the little plastic clip at the bottom of the bags. We'll deal with them in the next step.
Step 2: Remove Clip
One bag will eventually be placed on the wearer's thigh, held in place with the straps that come with the bags. From the bag that will go on the top, remove the bottom clip by opening it and slipping it off the rubber tubing attached to the bottom of the bag.
Step 3: Join the Bags
Now, take the tubing that you just took the clip from, and join it to the top of the remaining bag, so that you've formed a chain of two bags.
The bottom bag will retain it's clip.
Step 4: Add Straps & Wear
Now the bags are ready to go! Just put the straps on that come with the bags to hold them in place on your legs. The top bag will be placed at the thigh, with the join between bags at the knee.
You'll attach your catheter to the port at the top of the top bag. As the urine trickles in, it will be gravity fed to the second bag, then the top one.
This should double your time between trips to the restroom and allow you more freedom and less embarrassment.