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    pulling out tube

    2 times this week my legs or feet have pulled out the tube to foley cathe its on all the way but last night pulled it off

    any ideas on what else to do

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    Over inflate the balloon a little - this is what I do by 5 cc's.
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    I don't agree with over inflating the balloon in the catheter over the manufacture recommended specifications. Balloons under too much pressure have been known to burst and then you really have a problem on your hands with bits of the balloon in your bladder.

    Are we talking about an indwelling urethral foley catheter or a supra pubic foley catheter?

    Are you securing the catheter and/or extension tubing to your abdomen or thigh/leg?

    I am having a little problem visualizing how your feet or legs can pull out the catheter. Maybe something else is happening?

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    Sounds like you are not properly securing the catheter. A good catheter securement device will help prevent this. I don't recommend increasing the balloon size, as that can cause more trauma if you are violently pulling an unsecured catheter out of your urethra or SP stoma.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gjnl View Post
    I don't agree with over inflating the balloon in the catheter over the manufacture recommended specifications. Balloons under too much pressure have been known to burst and then you really have a problem on your hands with bits of the balloon in your bladder
    Okay, but it's easier to pull the sucker out with a short female urethra. Over inflating it just a bit works. You are right too though, that you don't want it to explode and have pieces of latex or silicone foley in your bladder.
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