FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is a Statlock used for?
When using a Foley catheter, some type of Foley catheter securement is necessary. This prevents accidental dislodgement of the catheter. Often, tape or another type of securement is used. However, Statlock catheter stabilization devices are the superior method to secure a catheter. These catheter stabilization devices feature a 360-degree swivel. The rotating swivel clip helps prevent pulls on the catheter line or accidental dislodgement. These securement devices also help prevent urethral irritation. All in all, they are simpler to use than other catheter stabilization devices, and they are more comfortable, too.
How can I remove a Statlock device?
Removing a Statlock Foley catheter securement device is simple. Start by using the thumb to press the release button on the side of the swivel clip. Lift it open to remove the catheter line.
Once the catheter line has been removed from the clip, use several alcohol pads to wipe the edge of the Statlock device where it adheres to the skin. Continue to do this until the alcohol begins to dissolve the device’s adhesive backing. Once a corner lifts, continue to use alcohol pads on the underside of the Statlock device until you’ve peeled the device away from the skin. Avoid pulling or forcing the pad as you remove it to prevent skin irritation or other injuries.
How do you secure a catheter tube to the leg?
There are several ways to fasten a catheter tube to the leg. Medical-grade tape is sometimes used. However, tape can easily dislodge, which makes it an impractical choice for patients who move around a lot. This option works for patients who remain in bed.
There are also straps designed to hold the catheter tube in place. These feature bands that hold the tube and are attached to bands that fasten around the leg. With a strap, you can have more freedom of movement and experience less pulling.
The Statlock foley catheter securement device features an adhesive back. To apply it, one must first thoroughly sanitize the application area using alcohol wipes. Once sanitized, remove the adhesive backing and apply the device to the leg. Then press the button to open the swivel head, and place the catheter tube into the head. Close and secure the swivel head to keep the catheter tube secure. Because this device offers the swivel head, it provides the most movement of all, virtually eliminating accidental pulls on the catheter line.
Where should a Foley catheter be secured?
A Foley catheter tube is typically secured high on the thigh using any of the above-mentioned catheter securement devices. This provides the best placement to keep clothing from interfering with the tubing. Sometimes, catheters may be secured to the lower abdomen—a technique more common for men than for women. In general, catheters should be secured where they offer the most comfort. Choose a site that doesn’t result in pressure on the bladder neck or urethra. Also, be sure to choose a site that won’t result in the catheter line bending excessively. Lastly, be sure that the catheter line stays below the level of the bladder at all points to ensure that urine doesn’t flow back into the bladder.
Where is the best place to put a Statlock securement device?
To find the right place to secure a catheter tube using a Statlock Foley catheter securement device, start by placing the device on the front of the thigh, at the top, a few centimeters down from the insertion site. Make sure the leg is fully extended as you do this. Then, move the device back and up in a diagonal motion about 2.5 centimeters toward the insertion site. This should be close to where the device will prove most comfortable.
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