Bedpans as caregiver options for individual with impairment mobility.
Individual who are bedridden, on wheelchair, have traumatic accident, have spinal injuries and have dementia they usually have a common problem of mobility. Even accessing to rest and washroom it’s a great deal for them. The journey from the bed to the bathroom can seem like Berlin marathon for this individuals with limited impairment mobility. Another challenge is they face is, even if they can reach the destination, they may not be able to sit down on the toilet. In a situation like this, bedpan will play an important role of helping patient with mobility problem in answer that long call of nature without much hustles and difficulties. Many caregivers find bedpan to be a convenient way and ideal option in helping patient access rest room. In this article we are going to look at the effective ways of using bad pans aid of helping individual with impairment mobility.
What is a bed pan?
Bedpan is a gadget that is used to assist individual with impairment mobility and cannot access rest room, answer that long call of nature with comfort, less hustles and less difficulties. Bed pan also conveniences the work of caregiver in assist patient access rest room in their bed. Bedpans are a good choice only if your relative can tell you when she needs it, and if someone is always around to help. When appropriate bedpans is used it can make your relative’s life more comfortable and your life a little easier.
What equipment do you need?
It obvious you will need a bedpan device. There are a few things you have to consider when choosing a bedpan. There are several different types of bed pans from which you can choose from but, it’s worthwhile to consider different options that will suit your need and the convenience of the caregiver. You may consider using disposable bedpans or bedpan liners that can make cleanup work easier. You may consider choosing and selecting an ergonomic design that can easily slide into position if your relative is unable to lift her hips perhaps due to hip fracture or spinal injuries.
You’ll also need a small wash basin to hold warm water, disposable gloves, toilet tissue or wipes, washcloths, soap for hand washing, powder or cornstarch, and absorbent padding for the bed.
What are the next step by step to follow when using a bedpan?
1. After gathering your supplies, wash your hands so they are clean and warm. Put on the disposable gloves.
2. If the bedpan is metal, warm it with tap water and dry it.
3. Spread an extra layer of absorbent padding on the bed even if there’s a plastic or rubber sheet on the mattress.
4. Dust a little powder or cornstarch on the bedpan seat to make it easier to place and adjust.
5. Fold the bedclothes down and to the side to avoid soiling. If needed, use a drape or sheet for warmth and privacy.
How do you use a bedpan?
1. Place the bedpan on the bed near patient hips with the open end facing the foot of the bed.
2. If possible, help the patient to a sitting position. Flex the patient knees slightly, and then support her back while you slide the bedpan and the absorbent pads into position.
3. If sitting is impossible, help the patient roll onto one side. Position the absorbent padding. Place the bedpan against her buttocks, and move it gently in place as you help her roll into position.
4. Take a moment to ask if the patient is comfortable.
5. When women use the bedpan, a wick made of toilet paper will guide the urine stream and help avoid spills.
6. Privacy is important, but if your relative is weak, don’t risk a fall: Stay in the room. Under no circumstance should you leave the bedpan in place for extended periods of time. It’s not only uncomfortable, but also sitting for a long time on a hard surface can cause a pressure sore. If the patient is an able to clean herself, provide her with toilet paper, but you may have to assist with wiping.
7. If the patient is in a sitting position, support him/her as she lifts her buttocks slightly, allowing you to slide the bedpan out of the way.
8. Help the patient gently roll away from the bedpan if he/she is on her sideways. Use one hand to keep the pan from spilling.
9. As needed, use a warm, wet washcloth to clean the buttocks area. Dry the area thoroughly before wearing the patient clothes back on.
10. Document accurate intake and output on flow-sheet/chart/electronic medical record to your patient on truck on the consistency for the stool passed.
11. Ask the patient any alert of any skin irritation, rashes, or sores. If you notice these or any other problems developing, consult your health-care provider.
How do I maintain hygiene and clean-ups?
Reusable bedpans and urinals need to be washed after every use. Here is step by step cleaning guide
1. Empty waste into the toilet.
2. Rinse immediately with cool water.
3. Clean thoroughly the bed pan with hot water and any house hold cleaning detergent.
4. Allow the pan to air dry.
5. Dispose all protective pads and wipes.
6. Take time to thoroughly wash your hands.
7. Use a warm, soapy washcloth to wash your patient hands.
8. Keep all equipment ready for the next use