Drainable pouches are open-ended with some type of secure closure, such as a clamp, press and seal, velcro, etc., so that you can empty your pouch and reuse. For instance, Convatec Pouches, like the popular SUR-FIT® Natura drainable pouches, feature a wide tail-like opening for easy, safe emptying along with an Invisiclose® Lock-It-Pocket™ that rolls up to hide the tail-end opening. This closure type provides the security and comfort of a closed pouch, so you can feel confident about your drainable pouch staying secure and comfortable throughout the day.
This type of pouch is most suitable for collecting liquid, such as urine, or bowel movements that are more liquid in consistency (i.e. not fully formed or thick).
Does not require changing out as often as a closed pouch, so fewer pouches are used.
May be difficult to empty if your output is formed or of a thicker consistency.
Easy to empty and clean, prior to eventual disposal.
Ideally should be emptied when the pouch is about half-full.
The outlet/closure should be cleaned of any output that may remain on the pouch after each time it is emptied.