How to Safeguard a Mattress from Incontinence
Posted in the Spinal Cord Injuries Forum
Since: Apr 10
#1 Aug 31, 2010
When a bedridden person suffers from incontinence, additional protection is required both for the patient and for his or her bed.
For the patient, you will find incontinence briefs, such as ‘Attends’ or ‘Prevail’, that offer lots of aid; and to help preserve the mattress, there are products like mattress pads, incontinence pads, and mattress protectors available nationwide.
The use of these pads and protectors is an inexpensive and simple way to prevent serious damage to the mattress as well as to isolate moisture from the patient’s skin.
If you have a loved one, or take care of someone, who is bedridden and suffers from incontinence, you may already know about these products, but if you don’t, give them a try:
- Vinyl or rubber supported mattress protector
Every bedding section of big department stores offers a wide array of mattress pads and protectors. Some protectors are waterproof but others may not be; thus, make sure you thoroughly read the information on the package to chose one that works for incontinence.
Some mattress protectors that are supported by rubber have to be washed after every accident. These protectors have a cloth top and a bottom that is backed with rubber, and while they are great to isolate moisture, they must be washed every time the patient has an incontinence episode.
There is another kind of mattress protector that consists of a bag with a zipper; it is made out of vinyl and slides over the whole mattress. The vinyl protector is placed under a standard mattress pad and bottom sheet, and it can be cleaned with a disinfectant when an accident happens.
- Incontinence pads
Hospitals use a type of disposable incontinence pads called “chux”, which offers great protection for patients and bed linens.
“Chux” are blue and are available through medical supply stores or the Web. The green alternative to the “chux” is the washable bed pads, which can also be found at medical supply stores or online.
- Rubber supported draw sheets
If your loved one, or the bedridden person you are caring for, is not able to leave the bed at all, there are special sheets called “draw sheets” that will help you lift and turn the patient in bed without hurting him or her, and yourself, in the process.
Draw sheets measure about 36" x 70" and are placed on the bed sideways. Some types of these sheets are supported with rubber on the back, providing full protection for the patient, the linens, and the mattress.
These can be found at medical supply stores online.
All of these pads and supports can be used with a low air loss mattress or any other type of special mattress the bedridden patient requires to preserve his or her health and physical integrity.
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Rachel Clarkson is a bed sores specialist and a big fan and promoter of “The Volkner Turning Mattress”: http://www.Volkner.com
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