Which urine collectors for which use?

13/10/20

Different types of collectors


  • Sterile or non-sterile urine collectors

  • Short (less than 96h), medium (between 96h and 7 days) or long duration (more than 7 days)

  • The collectors for hourly diuresis

  • Day collectors (or leg pockets) and night collectors for “city” use

Steril and non-sterile collectors

Non-sterile collectors are ultimately little used and sometimes diverted for digestive drainage or anti-bedsore cushions. They are often 2 liters, may or may not have a drain valve, but most of the time they have an anti-reflux valve to limit the risk of infection.

Fortunately, most collectors are sterile and, when sterile, have an anti-reflux valve, a drain valve that can be operated with one hand and are packaged individually in a peel-off bag or blister.

When they are used for periods greater than 96 hours (medium and long duration), the collectors have a closed system probing device (which corresponds to the presence of a needle-free sampling site and a clamp) which allow samples to be taken without disconnecting the probe and therefore greatly limit the risk of infection.


For probes longer than 7 days, therefore of long duration, often carried out in intensive care or to collect the bladder rinse after RTU, the capacities are often 4 to 5 liters and the collector has a drip chamber in order to precisely monitor diuresis. The drip chamber also reinforces the anti-infective device of the non-return valve.


When the measurement of urine output must be extremely precise, healthcare teams can set up an hourly urine output collector. It comes in 2 parts: a rigid for the measurement (200 to 500 ml), a pocket for the collection (approximately 2 liters).

All these devices can be completed with a hook to be able to suspend the collector. The hook is also sometimes integrated into the pocket.

All of these devices are used in healthcare facilities, however there are 2 versions that can be used “in the city” and are reimbursable :

Night collectors, which correspond to the short-term collectors with drain tap seen above and the leg collectors; these allow probing of ambulatory patients, most often at home. The pocket has the same characteristics as the night collector but its capacity is reduced so that it can be attached to the leg as discreetly as possible.

Day and night collectors are registered on the LPPR list and are, as such, reimbursable.

Please note, it is important to note The use times are indicative and should be adapted according to the patient’s condition and / or the protocol defined with the C.L.I.N. (if urinary tract infection increase the frequency of change of the manifold).


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