Ways you can Track Liquid Intake and Urine Output when Cathing
Especially in the beginning of your cathing journey, your healthcare professional may recommend maintaining a self-cathing schedule or routine. Part of your new routine may include keeping track of your liquid intake and urine output. This will be important so that your healthcare professional can potentially monitor your approach to cathing, and ensure you are fully emptying your bladder.
Some useful tips when tracking liquid intake and urine output include:
- Write down each time you drink fluids and how much you drink
- Use the measurement markings on the collection bag or other receptacle to monitor your urine output
Some catheters come with bags as a part of the catheter, and others can easily be attached.
To help make tracking your liquid intake and urine output easier, we’ve created a simple fluid tracker. You easily record throughout by the hour and day and share with your doctor as needed.
Your healthcare professional will let you know if you should measure your liquid intake and urine output during your self-cathing routine.
Remember, whether you’re new to self cathing or have been cathing for some time, at no point should you drastically alter your daily intake of fluids. You may think the less you drink, the less times you have to self-cath throughout the day, however, it is so important to not deprive your body of fluids.