PureWick Female External Catheter

PureWick Female External Catheter

Brand/Manufacturer: BARD INC
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  • FSA Approved

PureWick Female External Catheter is a soft and flexible external catheter for women that wicks urine away to keep the body dry and odor-free. It uses a low-pressure wall suction that wicks urine away from the patient and into a designated collection canister. The Purewick for Women catheter is a new way of managing female urinary incontinence.

PureWick External Catheter Benefits

  • Optimal urine measurement
  • Designed for patient comfort
  • Intuitive and easy to use
  • Non-invasive technique
  • Made specifically for women

Note:- The suction machine is not included.

Item # Desc Pkg Price
PWFX30 Female External Catheter, Latex-Free Each
PWFX30 Female External Catheter, Latex-Free 30/Pack
PWF030 Female External Catheter, With Latex Each
PWF030 Female External Catheter, With Latex 30/Pack

Features of PureWick Female External Catheter

  • Ability to consistently capture and take away 95% or more of urine without entering or attaching to the body
  • PureWick Catheter helps to facilitate early indwelling catheter removal and may thereby help reduce the risk of catheter-associated UTI
  • Works while lying on her back, her side, or seated
  • Glue, tape, and straps are not needed
  • Urine is not stored close to the body
  • Intended for non-invasive urine output management in female patients

How the PureWick System Works?

  1. Tucks smoothly between gluteus
  2. Gently wicks urine away from the body through soft material on the patient-facing side of the wick
  3. Align against pubic bone
  4. Attaches to existing hospital wall vacuum or DryDoc Vacuum station source tubing
How does PureWick External Catheter work?

What to buy with PureWick Catheter

How to use Purewick for Women External Catheter?

Setup PureWick

1. Connect the canister to wall suction and set to a minimum of 40mmHg continuous suction. Always use the minimum amount of suction necessary.

2. Using standard suction tubing, connect the Female External Catheter to the collection canister.

PureWick Catheter Setup

PureWick External Catheter Setup


Peri-care and Placement of PureWick Device

3. Perform perineal care and assess skin integrity. Separate legs, gluteus muscles, and labia. Palpate pubic bone as anatomical marker.

4. With soft gauze side facing patient, align the distal end of the PureWick Catheter at the 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 female external urinary collection device is positioned.

PureWick Catheter Placement

PureWick Female Catheter Placement


Note: Patient can be positioned on the back, side-lying, frog legged, or lying on back with knees bent and thighs apart (lithotomy position) prior to device placement.

Changing Frequency of PureWick External Catheters

Replace the purewick for women at least every 8-12 hours or if soiled with feces or blood. Always assess skin for compromise and perform perineal care prior to placement of a new Purewick for Women.

Bard PureWick Female External Catheter User Manual


  • Don't use the PureWick Catheter with a bedpan or anything that doesn't let enough air through.
  • Never push or pull the catheter against the skin while putting it on or taking it off to avoid hurting the skin.
  • Don't put the Female Catheter inside the vagina, anus, or other body parts.
  • If you have an allergic reaction, stop using it.
  • After using it, be careful because it might be a biohazard. Throw it away following the rules in your area.


  • Have a lot of accidents with bowel movements and don't have a system to manage it.
  • Have skin problems or sores where the catheter goes.
  • Have a lot of menstrual bleeding and can't use a tampon.
  • Should be careful if they recently had surgery in the private area.
  • Don't use cream on the skin when using the PureWick system because it can block the suction.
  • Check the skin and clean the private area before putting on a new PureWick catheter.
  • Keep the suction on until the catheter is completely taken off to prevent urine from going back into the body.


Patients with urinary retention

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What if the PUREWICK Catheter leaks?

Accurate positioning is key to preventing leaks. Place the purewick for women snugly against the perineum, aligning the top of white gauze against the pubic bone. The urethra should be aligned approximately 1/3 of the way down the length of the product. Tuck the end of the Female External PureWick Catheter between the gluteal muscles. After confirming proper positioning, check wall vacuum function.

2. Can the Purewick System be used when the patient is on her side or sitting in a chair?

Yes, the PUREWICK female catheter external may be used when the patient is lying or reclining on her back or side, as well as when seated in a chair. Care must be taken to ensure that the product is not positioned beneath the coccyx.

3. Can we turn a patient who is using the PUREWICK System?

Yes, remove the device before turning the patient. After repositioning the patient, examine the perineum then properly position the product back into place. If lying on her side, lift the patient’s leg before removing or repositioning the product.

4. Can patients wear underwear?

Yes, patients can wear underwear. In fact, netted or mesh underwear may help secure the product, especially with very thin or frail patients.

Who is a good candidate for the PUREWICK Female External Catheter?

Patient requiring urine output monitoring but does not meet indications for indwelling Foley catheterization

  • Urinary incontinence and/or frequent urination
  • Difficulty walking from bed or chair to toilet
  • Difficulty using a bedpan
  • Post-surgical or procedure immobility
  • Skin injury or irritation related to urinary incontinence or diapers
  • Bedrest orders

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