If the person you're caring for is not able to leave their bed to go to the bathroom, they may need to use a bedpan. A bedpan is a container used to collect urine or feces, and it is shaped to fit under a person lying or sitting in bed. Bedpans can be made of plastic or metal, and some can be used with liners to prevent splashing and to make cleaning easier.
If you are helping someone with a bedpan, try to be relaxed. Helping with a bedpan can be embarrassing for both of you. This may be especially true if you are caring for someone of the opposite sex. If you are calm and don't seem embarrassed, the person may feel more comfortable.
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Current as of: April 18, 2018
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Gayle E. Stauffer, RN - Registered Nurse & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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