Coloplast Alpine is a brand of leg bags that collect urine from external catheters or Foley Catheters. A leg bag can be worn around the calf or thigh, depending on your preference. Alpine leg bags are reusable and can last up to six months. Regularly disinfecting your leg bag with Coloplast Alpine cleanser will prolong its life and help it perform at its best. The two-layer design makes Alpine leg bags very durable. The inner layer protects against leaks, while the outer layer traps odor. The odor protection is due to a patented material known as Kraylex. The catheter leg bags also feature a twist-style drain valve that makes emptying the bag quick and easy. An Alpine urinary leg bag is ideal for wheelchair users because its offset drainage port doesn't restrict urine flow when the user is in a seated position. This also allows the catheter bag to be worn on the inside or outside of either leg.
A leg bag is secured to your leg using straps or a fabric sleeve. Leg bag straps are usually sold in pairs, but they can be purchased individually as well. One strap goes around your leg at the top of the bag, and the other near the bottom of the bag. The straps can be tightened and loosened and close using buttons or velcro. We also carry a pouch-like catbeter bag holder. This is a stretchy piece of material that you slide onto your leg. It fits snug and has a pocket on the side that your leg bag slips into. Some leg bags can only be used with a certain type of strap or holder. Please see our blog on how to choose a leg bag holder for more information.
When using a leg bag, catheter tubing is needed to allow urine to flow from the end of the catheter and into the leg bag. The tubing is designed so that it will not kink, which helps prevent uncomfortable urine backflow. If you wear your leg bag on your thigh, you will likely need to cut the tubing to shorten it. Using tubing that is too long can cause the tubing to get caught on objects. If you choose to wear your leg bag on your calf, you will likely need Extension Tubing. Using tubing that is too short pulls on the catheter, which is uncomfortable and can cause the catheter to dislodge. Extension tubing often comes with a connector to attach to your intermittent or external catheter. Connectors can also be purchased separately.
Another way to prevent medical tubing from being pulled is to use a Coban Wrap to secure the tubing up against your leg. Coban is made from a unique material that does not contain adhesive, yet it sticks to itself. It does not need to be fastened with clips or tape. Coban bandages are adjustable, so they can be unwrapped and re-wrapped if necessary. It is also designed not to pull on the skin or hair. Sweat and light exposure to water will not cause the wrap to fall off or unravel. However, it should be covered while showering. A Coban dressing can also be used to secure an IV, gauze, and non-adherent wound dressings.