Catheter not draining into bag

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My mum has an indwelling catheter and we have been struggling for the past few months with what we thought were blockages. However I have discovered the issue seems to be with the bags rather than the catheter itself. If we disconnect the bag urine flows fine directly from the catheter, however when we attach the bag it often stops completely and nothing drains into the bag itself. She is bed bound so only uses a night bag (coloplast simpla 2L). I've seen other people suggest putting air into the bag and have tried this but it doesn't seem to stop the problem. Has anyone else had this issue? 

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    Is there not a valve at to top of the bag to open to let air flow out 
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    I use a valve and no bag. However, I have used bags without any trouble. Why not just try a new bag? It sounds as if the bag must be defective,.
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      We've connected a flip flo valve to the catheter and a bag to the valve and using that briefly seems to build enough pressure to get it flowing again. Just frustrating that it won't drain into the bag on its own. 

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    Have you contacted a district nurse or a urological nurse. They have all sorts of idea's and are probably the best one's to ask. I use the bag's and never had any issues with them. Try a new bag and see if that works. Hope you find a solution.

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      Have been in constant contact with the nurses but none of them seem to have experienced any type of airlock with the bags. They've just been changing the catheter when it's stopped draining and it was only when I disconnected the bag that I realised it wasn't the catheter that was blocked. Have ordered some samples of different bags and hopefully we'll find one that doesn't have this issue. 

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      I wish you and ur mum all the very best wishes. There are many type's. I have used different catheters, taps and bags. Finally settled on what work's. I have noticed that certain bag's blow up like balloons at time's but never had a problem with drainage.shocked that the nurse's don't know what to do. Good luck.

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