Advertisement
question

Why do I need to use a bedpan or urinal?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner
answer

A patient who is unable to get up to the bathroom for the purpose of urination or of defecation will use a bedpan or urinal. A bedpan is a device for receiving feces or urine from either male or female patients confined to bed and a urinal is a device for collecting urine from male patients. Using a bedpan or urinal is a private and personal procedure and it is important to make the environment as private as possible. It is also important that caregivers offer the bedpan or urinal frequently, because patients run the risk of accidentally soiling bedclothes, which can be an embarrassing situation.

Continue Learning about Healthcare Basics

Epigenetics: Why Your Lifestyle Choices May Leave Your Family a Legacy of Health
Epigenetics: Why Your Lifestyle Choices May Leave Your Family a Legacy of Health
Dr. Dean Ornish and his colleagues broke ground when they found that our lifestyle choices could turn on or off more than 500 genes that affect health...
Read More
Choosing a Surgeon: How Much Experience is Enough?
Choosing a Surgeon: How Much Experience is Enough?
An old joke involves a patient asking the doctor, “Have you been successful doing this surgery?”If the doctor says, “Yes, I’ve been successful,” that ...
Read More
The Tools to Participate in Your Own Well Care
The Tools to Participate in Your Own Well Care
These are tense times for many Americans who are concerned about healthcare reform. Many of us are asking what the new terms could mean for our famili...
Read More
5 Bogus Health Tips
5 Bogus Health Tips5 Bogus Health Tips5 Bogus Health Tips5 Bogus Health Tips
These common health rules may not be as accurate as you think. By Olivia DeLong  Don't swim right after you eat. Never go outside with wet hair. We'v...
Start Slideshow

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.