BD PureWick System

To be used with the PureWick External Catheters which are intended for non invasive urine output management 

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Challenges

Post-acute and Long-term care facilities face several challenges when caring for patients who need urine output management support.

Skin

Skin Integrity Skin Integrity
Skin Integrity
Infections Infections
Infections
Falls Falls
Falls
Staff Efficiency Staff Efficiency
Staff Efficiency
Staff Injury Staff Injury
Staff Injury

According to a survey of ~4200 directors of nursing in LTC, 30% of skin infections are from urine wetness.1*

The estimated cost of treating pressure ulcers is up to $50,000 in LTC.2

*From ~4200 Directors of Nursing of LTC facilities through the National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration in Long term Care (NADONA) and the American Association of Post-Acute Care Nursing (AAPACN).

CAUTIs are 4x more likely in long term care settings.3

UTIs account for one-third of hospitalized patients from long-term care facilities.4

According to a survey from 71 directors of nursing, 36% of residents fall during bathroom trips.5*

Fall-related injuries that lead to hospitalization cost an estimated $22,000.6

* From 71 directors of nursing who worked at skilled nursing facilities with at least 100 beds (>80% LTC beds) for at least 1 year between February 27, 2020 and May 11, 2020.

56% of staff time is spent in LTC addressing urinary incontinence needs such as assisting with toileting and changing their UI products.1

Certified nursing assistant turnover in long-term care is attributed to management of urinary incontinence according to survey data.8*

*According to 60% of survey responses from directors of nursing at LTC facilities.

Nursing homes rank the highest for sprains, strains, tears, and back injuries from lifting patients, changing sheets while the patient is in bed, changing patients’ clothes and diapers.7

 

PureWickTM System

The PureWick™ System was designed to provide women with a non-invasive option for urine output management. The PureWick™ System includes the PureWick™ Female External Catheter (wick) and the PureWick™ Urine Collection System. The PureWick™ System uses suction to draw voided urine from the catheter into a sealed collection canister, helping to keep skin dry.

The PureWick™ System may be right for female patients who:

  • Patient requiring urine output monitoring but does not meet indications for indwelling Foely catheterization
  • Urinary incontinence and/or frequent urination
  • Skin injury or irritation related to urinary incontinence or absorbent briefs 
  • Post-surgical or procedure immobility 
  • Bedrest orders
  • Diffculty walking from bed or chair to toilet 
  • Diffculty using a bedpan 

Why the PureWickTM System

*PureWick™ User Experience Survey, Based on a survey of 145 respondents, 109 (n=47 users, n=50 caregivers, n=10 identified as both a user and caregiver, n=2 who did not identify whether they were a caregiver or a user) agreed that since using PureWick™ they are able to sleep better at night. The respondents used the DryDoc™ Vacuum Station with the PureWick™ Female External Catheter (previous name of 1st generation PureWick™ Urine Collection System) and re-ordered the PureWick™ Female External Catheter at least once.

**Sales figures based on data on file from 2017-2021 

  • Over 95% of caregivers and users would recommend the PureWick™ System*

 

  • More than 3,000 U.S. hospitals and rehabilitation facilities use the PureWick™ System

 

  • Over 50 million PureWick™ Female External Catheters sold **

 

 

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Important Safety Information

Indications: The PureWick™ Urine Collection System is to be used with the PureWick™ External Catheters which are intended for non-invasive urine output management.

Contraindications: Do not use the PureWick™ Urine Collection System with PureWick™ Female External Catheters on individuals with urinary retention.

Warnings: Do not use the PureWick™ Female External Catheter with bedpan or any material that does not allow for sufficient airflow. To avoid potential skin injury, never push or pull the PureWick™ Female External Catheter against the skin during placement or removal. Never insert the PureWick™ Female External Catheter into vagina, anal canal, or other body cavities. Discontinue use if an allergic reaction occurs. After use, this product may be a potential biohazard. Dispose of in accordance with applicable local, state and federal laws and regulations.

Precautions: Not recommended for patients who are: Agitated, combative, or uncooperative and might remove the PureWick™ Female External Catheter. Having frequent episodes of bowel incontinence without a fecal management system in place. Experiencing skin irritation or breakdown at the site. Experiencing moderate/heavy menstruation and cannot use a tampon. Do not use barrier cream on the perineum when using the PureWick™ Female External Catheter. Barrier cream may impede suction. Proceed with caution in patients who have undergone recent surgery of the external urogenital tract. Always assess skin for compromise and perform perineal care prior to placement of a newPureWick™ Female External Catheter. Maintain suction until the PureWick™ Female External Catheter is fully removed from the patient to avoid urine backflow.

Safety and Warnings: Always unplug PureWick™ Urine Collection System before cleaning or when not in use. Do not immerse the PureWick™ Urine Collection System in water. As with most electrical devices, electrical parts in this system are electrically live even when the power is off. To reduce the risk of electric shock, if the PureWick™ Urine Collection System falls into water, unplug immediately. Do not reach into the water to retrieve it. Contains small parts that may cause choking. Keep out of reach of children. Keep cords and tubing out of the reach of children to avoid the risk of strangulation. Discontinue use if an allergic reaction occurs. Not recommended for users who are experiencing skin irritation or skin breakdown in device contact areas. WARNING: This device should not be used in oxygen rich environments or in conjunction with flammable anesthetics. If the PureWick™ Urine Collection System is dropped or tipped over spilling urine, unplug the unit and carefully inspect for loose or damaged parts before resuming use. Contact Customer Support at 1-866-730-1091 if any damage is observed. The pump tubing connecting the PureWick™ Urine Collection System to the collection canister may experience light condensation inside the tube. This is not unusual and does not affect function. However, if urine or water has streamed into the pump, discontinue use and contact Customer Support at 1-866-730-1091. Although the canister can hold up to 2000cc (mL), the urine should be emptied regularly from the collection canister before volume reaches 1800cc (mL). Failure to empty canister before urine overflow may cause damage to the PureWick™ Urine Collection System and is not covered under the warranty. It is important that the port connections be connected correctly for proper operation of the PureWick™ Urine Collection System. Use of this equipment next to or stacked with other equipment should be avoided because it could result in improper operation. If such use is necessary, this equipment and the other equipment should be observed to verify that they are operating normally. Portable radio frequency (RF) communications equipment (including peripherals such as antenna cables and external antennas) should be used no closer than 12 inches (30cm) to any part of the PureWick™ Urine Collection System, including cables specified by the manufacturer. Otherwise, degradation of the performance of this equipment could result. Use only PureWick™ Urine Collection System accessories with this device. Incompatible parts or accessories can result in degraded performance and will void the warranty. Do not use accessories past expiration date indicated on package labeling. Use only the PureWick™ Urine Collection System A/C power cord with the device. Use of an alternate consumer style A/C power adapter or an extension cord may cause damage to device and electrical shock or injury and will void the warranty. Do not place PureWick™ Urine Collection System or its cord across walkways creating a tripping hazard. For PW200: The battery cells used in this device may present a fire or chemical hazard. To minimize the risk of damaging the battery inside the PureWick™ Urine Collection System, do not use the device outside the indicated operating temperature range of 41°F – 104°F (5°C – 40°C). The battery is not intended to be replaced; replacement could result in a hazard. To reduce the risk of electrical shock or injury, do not disassemble this unit. No modification of this equipment is allowed.

 

 

Reference
  1. Stefanacci RG, Yeaw J, Shah D, Newman DK, Kincaid A, Mudd PN. Impact of urinary incontinence related to overactive bladder on long-term care residents and facilities: A perspective from directors of Nursing. Journal of Gerontological Nursing. 2022;48(7):38-46. doi:10.3928/00989134-20220606-06
  2. A Comprehensive Program to Prevent Pressure Ulcers in Long-Term Care: Exploring Costs and Outcomes. Wound Care Learning Network. https://www.hmpgloballearningnetwork.com/site/wmp/content/a-comprehensive-program-prevent-pressure-ulcers-long-term-care-exploring-costs-and-outcomes. Published April 2002.
  3. Edozie M. Prevention of Care of Catheter- Associated Infections in long-Term Care . Site. https://scholarworks.waldenu.edu/. Published August 2020. Accessed December 12, 2022.
  4. Genao L, Buhr GT. Urinary Tract Infections in Older Adults Residing in Long-Term Care Facilities. Ann Longterm Care. 2012 Apr;20(4):33-38. PMID: 23418402; PMCID: PMC3573848.
  5. Volpe KD. Effects of urinary incontinence on long-term care facilities. Clinical Advisor. https://www.clinicaladvisor.com/home/meeting-coverage/gapna-2021/effects-urinary-incontinence-long-term-care-settings/. Published October 6, 2021. Accessed December 12, 2022.
  6. Carroll NV, Delafuente JC, Cox FM, Narayanan S. Fall-related hospitalization and facility costs among residents of institutions providing long-term care. The Gerontologist. 2008;48(2):213-222. doi:10.1093/geront/48.2.213
  7. Lapane KL, Dubé CE, Jesdale BM. Worker injuries in nursing homes: Is safe patient handling legislation the solution? The journal of nursing home research sciences. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7278261/. Published October 28, 2016. Accessed December 12, 2022.

An Innovative Option  

The PureWick™ System works outside the body to draw voided urine away from the catheter into a sealed container, The PureWickTM F.E.C. is designed to help protect skin by wicking away urine. 

Features:

  • A simple non invasive urine output management device for women
  • PureWick F.E.C is a soft and flexible external catheter for women 
  • Designed to be replaced every 8-12 hours 
  • The wick can be used with wall suction or the PureWickTM Urine Collection System
  • Can be used while lying down or seated 
  • Small size system that easily fits on a nightstand or small table
  • Available with battery backup power or without

How It Works

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Benefits

The PureWick™ System in an innovative option to managing urinary incontinence

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    Designed to help facilitate early indwelling catheter removal and may thereby help reduce CAUTI risk.

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    Designed to help protect skin by wicking away urine.

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    Non-invasive output management.

Important Safety Information

Indications: The PureWick™ Urine Collection System is to be used with the PureWick™ External Catheters which are intended for non-invasive urine output management.

Contraindications: Do not use the PureWick™ Urine Collection System with PureWick™ Female External Catheters on individuals with urinary retention.

Warnings: Do not use the PureWick™ Female External Catheter with bedpan or any material that does not allow for sufficient airflow. To avoid potential skin injury, never push or pull the PureWick™ Female External Catheter against the skin during placement or removal. Never insert the PureWick™ Female External Catheter into vagina, anal canal, or other body cavities. Discontinue use if an allergic reaction occurs. After use, this product may be a potential biohazard. Dispose of in accordance with applicable local, state and federal laws and regulations.

Precautions: Not recommended for patients who are: Agitated, combative, or uncooperative and might remove the PureWick™ Female External Catheter. Having frequent episodes of bowel incontinence without a fecal management system in place. Experiencing skin irritation or breakdown at the site. Experiencing moderate/heavy menstruation and cannot use a tampon. Do not use barrier cream on the perineum when using the PureWick™ Female External Catheter. Barrier cream may impede suction. Proceed with caution in patients who have undergone recent surgery of the external urogenital tract. Always assess skin for compromise and perform perineal care prior to placement of a newPureWick™ Female External Catheter. Maintain suction until the PureWick™ Female External Catheter is fully removed from the patient to avoid urine backflow.

Safety and Warnings: Always unplug PureWick™ Urine Collection System before cleaning or when not in use. Do not immerse the PureWick™ Urine Collection System in water. As with most electrical devices, electrical parts in this system are electrically live even when the power is off. To reduce the risk of electric shock, if the PureWick™ Urine Collection System falls into water, unplug immediately. Do not reach into the water to retrieve it. Contains small parts that may cause choking. Keep out of reach of children. Keep cords and tubing out of the reach of children to avoid the risk of strangulation. Discontinue use if an allergic reaction occurs. Not recommended for users who are experiencing skin irritation or skin breakdown in device contact areas. WARNING: This device should not be used in oxygen rich environments or in conjunction with flammable anesthetics. If the PureWick™ Urine Collection System is dropped or tipped over spilling urine, unplug the unit and carefully inspect for loose or damaged parts before resuming use. Contact Customer Support at 1-866-730-1091 if any damage is observed. The pump tubing connecting the PureWick™ Urine Collection System to the collection canister may experience light condensation inside the tube. This is not unusual and does not affect function. However, if urine or water has streamed into the pump, discontinue use and contact Customer Support at 1-866-730-1091. Although the canister can hold up to 2000cc (mL), the urine should be emptied regularly from the collection canister before volume reaches 1800cc (mL). Failure to empty canister before urine overflow may cause damage to the PureWick™ Urine Collection System and is not covered under the warranty. It is important that the port connections be connected correctly for proper operation of the PureWick™ Urine Collection System. Use of this equipment next to or stacked with other equipment should be avoided because it could result in improper operation. If such use is necessary, this equipment and the other equipment should be observed to verify that they are operating normally. Portable radio frequency (RF) communications equipment (including peripherals such as antenna cables and external antennas) should be used no closer than 12 inches (30cm) to any part of the PureWick™ Urine Collection System, including cables specified by the manufacturer. Otherwise, degradation of the performance of this equipment could result. Use only PureWick™ Urine Collection System accessories with this device. Incompatible parts or accessories can result in degraded performance and will void the warranty. Do not use accessories past expiration date indicated on package labeling. Use only the PureWick™ Urine Collection System A/C power cord with the device. Use of an alternate consumer style A/C power adapter or an extension cord may cause damage to device and electrical shock or injury and will void the warranty. Do not place PureWick™ Urine Collection System or its cord across walkways creating a tripping hazard. For PW200: The battery cells used in this device may present a fire or chemical hazard. To minimize the risk of damaging the battery inside the PureWick™ Urine Collection System, do not use the device outside the indicated operating temperature range of 41°F – 104°F (5°C – 40°C). The battery is not intended to be replaced; replacement could result in a hazard. To reduce the risk of electrical shock or injury, do not disassemble this unit. No modification of this equipment is allowed.

 

 


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Related Products

Important Safety Information

Indications: The PureWick™ Urine Collection System is to be used with the PureWick™ External Catheters which are intended for non-invasive urine output management.

Contraindications: Do not use the PureWick™ Urine Collection System with PureWick™ Female External Catheters on individuals with urinary retention.

Warnings: Do not use the PureWick™ Female External Catheter with bedpan or any material that does not allow for sufficient airflow. To avoid potential skin injury, never push or pull the PureWick™ Female External Catheter against the skin during placement or removal. Never insert the PureWick™ Female External Catheter into vagina, anal canal, or other body cavities. Discontinue use if an allergic reaction occurs. After use, this product may be a potential biohazard. Dispose of in accordance with applicable local, state and federal laws and regulations.

Precautions: Not recommended for patients who are: Agitated, combative, or uncooperative and might remove the PureWick™ Female External Catheter. Having frequent episodes of bowel incontinence without a fecal management system in place. Experiencing skin irritation or breakdown at the site. Experiencing moderate/heavy menstruation and cannot use a tampon. Do not use barrier cream on the perineum when using the PureWick™ Female External Catheter. Barrier cream may impede suction. Proceed with caution in patients who have undergone recent surgery of the external urogenital tract. Always assess skin for compromise and perform perineal care prior to placement of a newPureWick™ Female External Catheter. Maintain suction until the PureWick™ Female External Catheter is fully removed from the patient to avoid urine backflow.

Safety and Warnings: Always unplug PureWick™ Urine Collection System before cleaning or when not in use. Do not immerse the PureWick™ Urine Collection System in water. As with most electrical devices, electrical parts in this system are electrically live even when the power is off. To reduce the risk of electric shock, if the PureWick™ Urine Collection System falls into water, unplug immediately. Do not reach into the water to retrieve it. Contains small parts that may cause choking. Keep out of reach of children. Keep cords and tubing out of the reach of children to avoid the risk of strangulation. Discontinue use if an allergic reaction occurs. Not recommended for users who are experiencing skin irritation or skin breakdown in device contact areas. WARNING: This device should not be used in oxygen rich environments or in conjunction with flammable anesthetics. If the PureWick™ Urine Collection System is dropped or tipped over spilling urine, unplug the unit and carefully inspect for loose or damaged parts before resuming use. Contact Customer Support at 1-866-730-1091 if any damage is observed. The pump tubing connecting the PureWick™ Urine Collection System to the collection canister may experience light condensation inside the tube. This is not unusual and does not affect function. However, if urine or water has streamed into the pump, discontinue use and contact Customer Support at 1-866-730-1091. Although the canister can hold up to 2000cc (mL), the urine should be emptied regularly from the collection canister before volume reaches 1800cc (mL). Failure to empty canister before urine overflow may cause damage to the PureWick™ Urine Collection System and is not covered under the warranty. It is important that the port connections be connected correctly for proper operation of the PureWick™ Urine Collection System. Use of this equipment next to or stacked with other equipment should be avoided because it could result in improper operation. If such use is necessary, this equipment and the other equipment should be observed to verify that they are operating normally. Portable radio frequency (RF) communications equipment (including peripherals such as antenna cables and external antennas) should be used no closer than 12 inches (30cm) to any part of the PureWick™ Urine Collection System, including cables specified by the manufacturer. Otherwise, degradation of the performance of this equipment could result. Use only PureWick™ Urine Collection System accessories with this device. Incompatible parts or accessories can result in degraded performance and will void the warranty. Do not use accessories past expiration date indicated on package labeling. Use only the PureWick™ Urine Collection System A/C power cord with the device. Use of an alternate consumer style A/C power adapter or an extension cord may cause damage to device and electrical shock or injury and will void the warranty. Do not place PureWick™ Urine Collection System or its cord across walkways creating a tripping hazard. For PW200: The battery cells used in this device may present a fire or chemical hazard. To minimize the risk of damaging the battery inside the PureWick™ Urine Collection System, do not use the device outside the indicated operating temperature range of 41°F – 104°F (5°C – 40°C). The battery is not intended to be replaced; replacement could result in a hazard. To reduce the risk of electrical shock or injury, do not disassemble this unit. No modification of this equipment is allowed.

 

 

How to Use the PureWick™ 

Please review these important instructions on how to use your PureWick™ System in the step-by-step video or  by reading the instructions below.

Place the PureWick™ Female External Catheter

  1. Connect to wall suction or dry dock
  2. Connect patient tubing to Female external catheter
  3. Perform perineal care and assess skin integrity.
  4. Separate legs, gluteus muscles, and labia. Palpate pubic bone as anatomical marker.
  5. With soft gauze side facing patient, align distal end at gluteal cleft.
  6. Gently tuck soft gauze side between separated gluteus and labia.

 

Removal and maintenance

  • Fully separate the legs, gluteus, and labia
    • To avoid potential skin injury upon removal, gently pull the PureWick™ Female External Catheter directly outward.
    •  Ensure suction is maintained while removing the PureWick™ Female External Catheter.
  • Replace at least every 8 to 12 hours or if soiled with feces or blood. Assess skin for compromise and perform perineal care prior to placement of a new PureWick™ Female External Catheter.

How to Set Up Your PureWick™ System

Setting Up Your PureWick™ System

Learn how to correctly set up the system with our step-by-step instructions below.

 

What’s in the box?

Before assembly, please review the components of the PureWick™ System:

 

 

Step-by-step Instructions 

  1. Plug the power cord into device outlet and into an A/C power outlet. Note: Make sure the power switch is turned OFF.
  2. Place the collection canister in the base and press down firmly on the lid of the device making sure lid is sealed.
  3. Optional: If you are using the optional privacy cover, slip the cover onto the canister before placing the canister into the base.
  4. Attach the pump tubing (short tube) to the PureWick™ Urine Collection System connector port and to the connector port on collection canister lid.
  5. Attach the elbow connector to the collector tubing (long tube) and connect the elbow connector to the connector port on collection canister lid.
  6. Connect other end of collector tubing (long tube) to a PureWick™ External Catheter.

 

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Cleaning Instructions and Maintenance

Contamination should be assumed prior to use with a new user; therefore the PureWick™ Urine Collection System base and power cord must be fully cleaned with a  disinfectant before reuse. The collection canister and tubing are not suitable for reuse in a multiple user environment. A new collection canister and new tubing must be used for each new user.

Canister and Canister Lid (Single User)

 

  • Initial Rinse: Rinse the canister and lid thoroughly with cool tap water. While rinsing, remove any excess dirt by wiping the canister and lid with disposable low lint wipes.

  • Cleaning: Prepare enzymatic cleaner solution (e.g. Enzol Enzymatic Cleaner or equivalent) following the manufacturer’s recommendation of 1 oz. (approximately 29 mL) per gallon (approximately 4 L) of warm tap water (ratio and water temperature per manufacturer’s recommendation if applicable). 

Completely  submerge canister and lid in the solution and Allow it to soak for a minimum of ten (10) minutes. While the canister and lid are submerged, use a soft brush (e.g., toothbrush) to brush all accessible areas of the canister and lid for a minimum of one (1) minute to remove any visible signs of debris or dirt.

 

  • Rinse: Rinse the canister and the lid thoroughly with cool tap water until there is no visible sign of the cleaning solution.

  •  Visual inspection: Inspect the canister and the lid to ensure that all debris and dirt have been removed. If there is any sign of debris or dirt, repeat steps above until there is no sign of debris or dirt remaining on the canister and lid. 
 
  • Disinfection: Fully submerge the canister and lid in 70% isopropyl alcohol (IPA). Allow it to sit for a minimum of ten (10) minutes.
 
  •  Rinse: Rinse the canister and the lid thoroughly with cool tap water.
 
  •  Drying: Dry the canister and lid with a clean low-lint towel or cloth.

 

Collector Tubing (with elbow connector) and Pump Tubing (Single User)

  • Initial Rinse: Disconnect the collector tubing from the elbow connector and disconnect the elbow connector from the lid. Rinse the disconnected tubing thoroughly by running cool tap water through the inside of the tubing. While rinsing, remove any excess dirt by wiping the outside of the tubing and elbow connector with low lint disposable wipes. While rinsing, flush the tubing with cool tap water to remove any excess dirt.
 
  • Cleaning: Prepare enzymatic cleaner solution (e.g. Enzol Enzymatic Cleaner or equivalent) following the manufacturer’s recommendation of 1 oz. (approximately 29 mL) per gallon (approximately 4 L) of warm tap water (ratio and water temperature per manufacturer’s recommendation if applicable).  Completely submerge the tubing and elbow connector in the solution and allow it to soak for a minimum of ten (10) minutes. At the beginning of the soak time, flush the inside of the tubing with the prepared solution. While tubing is submerged, use a soft bristle brush (e.g., toothbrush) to brush all accessible areas of the tubing and elbow connector for a minimum of one (1) minute to remove any visible signs of debris or dirt.

  • Rinse: Rinse the tubing and elbow connector thoroughly with cool tap water until there is no visible sign of the soap cleaning solution. While rinsing, flush the inside of the tubing with the cool tap water.
 
  • Visual inspection: Inspect the tubing to ensure that all debris and dirt have been removed. If there is any sign of debris or dirt, repeat the steps above until there is no sign of debris or dirt remaining on or inside the tubing.
 
  •  Disinfection: Fully submerge the tubing and elbow connector in 70% isopropyl alcohol (IPA). Allow it to soak for a minimum of ten (10) minutes. Flush the IPA through the tubing, prior to starting the ten (10) minute time.
 
  • Rinse: Rinse the tubing and elbow connector thoroughly with cool tap water, ensuring that the inside of the tubing is flushed with water.
 
  • Drying: Dry the tubing and elbow connector outer surface with a clean low lint towel or cloth and allow the inside of the tubing to air dry for a minimum of thirty (30) minutes at room temperature.

 

PureWick™ Urine Collection System Base with power cord (Multiple Users)

 

  •  Initial Wipe: Wipe the PureWick™ Urine Collection System base and power cord thoroughly with a clean low lint cloth dampened with cool tap water. Remove any excess dirt by wiping the device with disposable low lint wipes.

  • Cleaning: Prepare enzymatic cleaner solution (e.g. Enzol Enzymatic Cleaner or equivalent) following the manufacturer’s recommendation of 1 oz. (approximately 29 mL) per gallon (approximately 4 L) of warm tap water (ratio and water temperature per manufacturer’s recommendation if applicable).  Wipe the device and power cord with a low lint cloth dampened with the solution. Allow the device and power cord to remain wet for a minimum of ten (10) minutes, ensuring that the device and power cord remains wet for the ten (10) minutes. Using a soft brush (e.g., toothbrush), brush all accessible areas of the PureWick™ Urine Collection System base and power cord for a minimum of one (1) minute to remove any visible signs of debris or dirt.
 
  • Rinse: Using a new clean low lint cloth, wipe the PureWick™ Urine Collection System base and power cord thoroughly with cool tap water to remove the enzymatic cleaning solution. Perform this step until there is no visible sign of the cleaning solution.
 
  • Visual inspection: Inspect the PureWick™ Urine Collection System base and power cord to ensure that all debris and dirt have been removed. If there is any sign of debris or dirt, repeat the steps above until there is no sign of debris or dirt remaining on the PureWick™ Urine Collection System base and power cord.
 
  •  Disinfection: Use 70% isopropyl alcohol (IPA) to completely wet a clean low lint cloth and wipe down the PureWick™ Urine Collection System base and power cord. Allow the disinfecting solution to remain on the device and power cord for a minimum of ten (10) minutes, ensuring the unit is visibly wet with IPA for ten (10) minutes.
 
  •  Rinse: Using a new clean low lint cloth, wipe the PureWick™ Urine Collection System base and power cord thoroughly with cool tap water to remove the disinfecting solution.
 
  •  Drying: Dry the PureWick™ Urine Collection System base and power cord with a clean low lint towel or cloth.

 

Replacing Canister and Tubing

Replace the canister and tubing for each patient per facility protocol or at least every 60 days, whichever is sooner. If you notice any of the following, replace immediately:

 

• Canister or tubing has residual urine build-up

• Canister or tubing appear cloudy

• Canister or tubing appear discolored

• Canister becomes cracked

• Tubing becomes torn

• PureWick™ External Catheter no longer securely connects to collector tubing

 

Failure to clean and/or replace accessories may affect the performance of the system.

 

The useful life of the collection canister and tubing is 60 days.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

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The PureWickTM system includes the PureWickTM Female External Catheter and the PureWickTM Urine Collection System. The device Pulls urine through tubing that is connected to a collection canister. Urine is stored in the collection canister for proper disposal. This product may be used in both home environments and professional care facilities. 

The PureWick™ Female External Catheter is non-invasive and draws urine away from the body through soft material. The PureWick™ Urine Collection System pulls the urine through the collector tubing into the collection canister.

The PureWick™ Urine Collection System 2000cc (mL) canister should be emptied before volume reaches 1800cc (mL), or as needed.

 

Absolutely! The PureWick™ System is easy to set up from start to finish,² and the PureWick™ Female External Catheter can be placed in a few steps. To learn how to use the PureWick™ System, please visit our How to Use page.

 

The PureWick™ Urine Collection Starter Set includes everything you need to get started. You can select a system with a rechargeable battery or not.

 

The PureWick™ Female External Catheter is used in hospitals today. The PureWick™ Urine Collection System may be used in both home environments and professional care facilities.

The built-in battery protection is a convenient option that keeps the system running for up to 8 hours in the event of a power outage or if an outlet is not nearby.

Yes, the built-in battery recharges any time the device is plugged into an outlet and can be used during this time.

The built-in battery recharges any time the device is plugged into an outlet. To fully charge the battery, the system must be plugged in for 12 hours.

The PureWick™ Urine Collection System is 9″ x 6.5″ x 11″ and able to fit on most nightstands and tables.

The PureWick™ Urine Collection System should be kept on a flat surface. The PureWick™ Urine Collection System is 9” x 6.5” x 11” and able to fit on most nightstands and tables. It should be kept in close proximity to you while sleeping.

Yes.

No. The wick should be replaced at least every 8 to 12 hours or sooner if soiled with feces or blood. Skin should be assessed to see if it’s been compromised, and perineal care should be performed prior to placement of a new wick.

PureWick™ Female External catheters are used one at a time and should be replaced at least every 8 to 12 hours or sooner if soiled with feces or blood. The amount you need to order will depend on individual usage. For example, if you plan to use the PureWick™ System only at night while sleeping, you will likely use one PureWick™ External Female Catheter per day.

The PureWick™ Female External Catheter is not made with natural rubber latex.

The PureWick ™ Urine Collection System has a 12-foot electrical cord.

The power cord can be used with the PureWick™ Urine Collection System without Battery and the PureWick™ Urine Collection System with Battery.

The canister and tubing should be replaced every 60 days, or sooner if you see signs of degradation. These items can be purchased from our Reorder & Accessories page.

The collection canister, canister lid, collector tubing, and pump tubing should be cleaned and disinfected after each use.

Approximately 120 mmHg to 140 mmHg.

The PureWick™ System is designed to be used by women exclusively.

Tips & Troubleshooting

Check that the power cord is plugged into the PureWick™ Urine Collection System and to an electrical outlet. If the power switch does not glow when turned on, ensure the outlet is functioning by plugging in another electrical device.

Follow these troubleshooting steps to ensure the device is suctioning properly.

Step 1: Ensure that tubing connections are connected properly.

Step 2: Check the collector tubing for blockage or flow restriction such as pinhead or kinked tubing.

Step 3: Ensure that the overflow stop valve in collection canister lid is open. The valve floats to the top when the collection canister is full. The stop valve may close if the lid or canister is tipped sideways or upside down. Disconnect the tubing and gently shake the lid to reset the valve down to the open position. A.) Ensure that the collection canister is sealed, and the lid is tightly closed. B.) Verify suction by disconnecting PureWick™ Female External Catheter from the collector tubing and placing the end of the collector tubing into a cup of water. If water easily flows into the collection canister, replace the PureWick™ Female External Catheter.

Connect the PureWick™ Female External Catheter to the PureWick™ Urine Collection canister. Perform perineal care and assess skin integrity. Separate legs, gluteus muscles, and labia. With soft gauze side facing patient, align distal end of the PureWick™ Female External Catheter at gluteal cleft. Gently tuck soft gauze side between separated gluteus and labia. Ensure that the top of the gauze is aligned with the pubic bone. Slowly place legs back together once the PureWick™ Female External Catheter is positioned.

To remove the PureWick™ Female External Catheter, fully separate the legs, gluteus, and labia. To avoid potential skin injury on removal, gently pull the PureWick™ Female External Catheter directly outward. Ensure suction is maintained while removing the PureWick™ Female External Catheter.

Ensure accurate position. With soft gauze side facing the patient, align distal end of the PureWick™ Female External Catheter at the gluteal cleft. Gently tuck soft gauze side between gluteus and labia. Ensure that the top of the gauze is aligned with the pubic bone. Slowly place legs back together once the wick is positioned.

Important Safety Information

Indications: The PureWick™ Urine Collection System is to be used with the PureWick™ External Catheters which are intended for non-invasive urine output management.

Contraindications: Do not use the PureWick™ Urine Collection System with PureWick™ Female External Catheters on individuals with urinary retention.

Warnings: Do not use the PureWick™ Female External Catheter with bedpan or any material that does not allow for sufficient airflow. To avoid potential skin injury, never push or pull the PureWick™ Female External Catheter against the skin during placement or removal. Never insert the PureWick™ Female External Catheter into vagina, anal canal, or other body cavities. Discontinue use if an allergic reaction occurs. After use, this product may be a potential biohazard. Dispose of in accordance with applicable local, state and federal laws and regulations.

Precautions: Not recommended for patients who are: Agitated, combative, or uncooperative and might remove the PureWick™ Female External Catheter. Having frequent episodes of bowel incontinence without a fecal management system in place. Experiencing skin irritation or breakdown at the site. Experiencing moderate/heavy menstruation and cannot use a tampon. Do not use barrier cream on the perineum when using the PureWick™ Female External Catheter. Barrier cream may impede suction. Proceed with caution in patients who have undergone recent surgery of the external urogenital tract. Always assess skin for compromise and perform perineal care prior to placement of a newPureWick™ Female External Catheter. Maintain suction until the PureWick™ Female External Catheter is fully removed from the patient to avoid urine backflow.

Safety and Warnings: Always unplug PureWick™ Urine Collection System before cleaning or when not in use. Do not immerse the PureWick™ Urine Collection System in water. As with most electrical devices, electrical parts in this system are electrically live even when the power is off. To reduce the risk of electric shock, if the PureWick™ Urine Collection System falls into water, unplug immediately. Do not reach into the water to retrieve it. Contains small parts that may cause choking. Keep out of reach of children. Keep cords and tubing out of the reach of children to avoid the risk of strangulation. Discontinue use if an allergic reaction occurs. Not recommended for users who are experiencing skin irritation or skin breakdown in device contact areas. WARNING: This device should not be used in oxygen rich environments or in conjunction with flammable anesthetics. If the PureWick™ Urine Collection System is dropped or tipped over spilling urine, unplug the unit and carefully inspect for loose or damaged parts before resuming use. Contact Customer Support at 1-866-730-1091 if any damage is observed. The pump tubing connecting the PureWick™ Urine Collection System to the collection canister may experience light condensation inside the tube. This is not unusual and does not affect function. However, if urine or water has streamed into the pump, discontinue use and contact Customer Support at 1-866-730-1091. Although the canister can hold up to 2000cc (mL), the urine should be emptied regularly from the collection canister before volume reaches 1800cc (mL). Failure to empty canister before urine overflow may cause damage to the PureWick™ Urine Collection System and is not covered under the warranty. It is important that the port connections be connected correctly for proper operation of the PureWick™ Urine Collection System. Use of this equipment next to or stacked with other equipment should be avoided because it could result in improper operation. If such use is necessary, this equipment and the other equipment should be observed to verify that they are operating normally. Portable radio frequency (RF) communications equipment (including peripherals such as antenna cables and external antennas) should be used no closer than 12 inches (30cm) to any part of the PureWick™ Urine Collection System, including cables specified by the manufacturer. Otherwise, degradation of the performance of this equipment could result. Use only PureWick™ Urine Collection System accessories with this device. Incompatible parts or accessories can result in degraded performance and will void the warranty. Do not use accessories past expiration date indicated on package labeling. Use only the PureWick™ Urine Collection System A/C power cord with the device. Use of an alternate consumer style A/C power adapter or an extension cord may cause damage to device and electrical shock or injury and will void the warranty. Do not place PureWick™ Urine Collection System or its cord across walkways creating a tripping hazard. For PW200: The battery cells used in this device may present a fire or chemical hazard. To minimize the risk of damaging the battery inside the PureWick™ Urine Collection System, do not use the device outside the indicated operating temperature range of 41°F – 104°F (5°C – 40°C). The battery is not intended to be replaced; replacement could result in a hazard. To reduce the risk of electrical shock or injury, do not disassemble this unit. No modification of this equipment is allowed.

 

 

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