What you should know about bedpans

About bedpans

Bedpans are portable devices used for passing urine or stool usually while in bed or on a chair. They are most useful for those people with very limited mobility, who are unable to get out of bed or transfer from a chair to a toilet and who usually require caregiver help to position the bedpan. Bed pan make it possible for patient to access rest room with less difficulties and hustles and make caregiver work easy and convenient.

Cost of bedpans

The cost of bedpans varies according to the design and which country you live in, so it is not possible to give an exact price range. They are readily available from your online stores such as Amazon or they can purchased directly from the manufacturer.

Types of bedpans

  1. Cardboard disposed bedpans

Cardboard disposable bedpans are single-use only and are mainly used in hospitals and care homes where they are disposed of in a maceration. If you were using these at home, they should be emptied, wrapped in paper and disposed of in household or clinical waste

  1. Regular Bedpan

Regular bedpans are contoured to fit the physical shape of a patient’s posterior. The pan has a shallow bowl underneath to collect liquid and solid waste. Regular bedpans can slide underneath a patient with full or limited mobility.

  1. Fracture Bedpan

Fracture bedpans have an overall wedge shape with a lower collection pan. The wedge shape is able to slide underneath patients with limited or no mobility. Common patients for fracture bedpans include patients with broken bones, missing limbs, paralysis or any other ailment that heavily limit movement.

Design of bedpan

Most bedpans are made of plastic or metal. Some are disposable and made from cardboard, and should be thrown away after use.There are three broad designs of bedpan

  • The concavepan – this pan has a rounded triangle shape that slopes from back to front and has a curved seat
  • The cutawaypan – this pan has a rounded triangle shape with a flatter seat and rolled edges that allow for hand gripping
  • The shovelshape or fracture pan – this is a wedge or rectangular shape. One end is flattened to go under the person, and there is a handle at the other end

Advantages of using a bed pan

  1. Give patient with impairment mobility comfort they need when answering that long call of nature.
  2. Convenience they work of caregiver in helping patient with impairment mobility.
  3. Reduces patient risk of fall when trying to access washroom
  4. Allow patient ample time for healing by reducing stress to injured site such as spinal injuries.
  5. Give confidentiality of patient privacy.

Disadvantages to using a bedpan

  1. If you are unable to position the bedpan properly then it may leak.
  2. It’s sometime difficult to remove and transport a bedpan without spillage and odor.
  3. Sometimes it can be hard to sit comfortably and relax on a bedpan.
  4. You may sometimes feel you luck privacy.

Caring of bedpan

  • The contents of the bedpan should be emptied into the toilet. Some bedpans have a spout or a plug to assist with easier emptying down the toilet.
  • Most bedpans are designed to be washed and reused and they should be thoroughly cleaned in between each use for hygiene and to reduce odor.
  • In hospital or other environments where you don’t have sole use of a bedpan and there are concerns about cross-infection, they should be autoclaved or go in a bedpan washer.
  • If you are at home and the bedpan is only being used by you then it can be washed with hot soapy water followed by an anti-bacterial spray.
  • Toilet bowl cleaning products, containing bleach or antibacterial ingredients, can be used but their effect on reducing odor is not known.

 

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