A Complete Step by Step Guide of How to Use a Bedpan

Toileting Aids to Assist Immobile Patients

There are a various types of bedpans, urinals and mobile toileting aids that can be used when a patient or user has limited mobility, caused either by a medical condition or during a period of surgical recovery. For instance, Bedpans are designed to be as comfortable as possible for the user, whilst also helping carers to support individuals and help them retain dignity and independence.

With so many different products to choose from, it can be difficult to know, which toileting aid best suits the individual and how to use it properly. Our step by step guide on how to use a bedpan and urinal includes helpful information about which one is best suited for improved independence and care of the individual.

The Different Types of Bedpans and Urinals

Both bedpans and urinals can generally be divided into two groups; disposable and reusable pieces of equipment. These can then be further divided into separate male and female products, all of which are individually designed to help with toileting and cleaning up afterwards.


Male Urinals

We have a wide range of male urinal products, a disposable urinal and reusable pieces of equipment too. All our products can be used both sitting upright and lying down, however urinals are often recommended as the best option in comparison to a bed pan for men when urinating. The secure fitting of both our male urinal bottles are designed to prevent leaks and spills in order to reduce unpleasant odours and risk of cross infection.


Female Urinals

Female users can sometimes find using urinals more difficult than males. However, we have taken this into great consideration and offer a thoughtfully designed range of female urinal products, in order to reduce leaks and make the user feel at ease. Wider openings allow for the female urinal bottle to be angled correctly once in position, our bottle also has an easy grip handle as shown, which is particularly beneficial for those who may have limited hand movement.

Female slipper pans and female petal pans are most commonly used by those in a sitting position and slipper pans in particular are simple to use as they can be easily positioned into place. Our petal pan is designed specifically with a spout for ease of emptying and cleaning and the secure fitting bung prevents any leaks and spills.

Step by Step Guide of How to Use a Urinal

  1. Ask the user to place the urinal between their legs.
  2. If they are unable to do this themselves, carefully spread the user’s legs.
  3. If the user is male they made need assistance placing the penis into the top of the urinal.
  4. Place the urinal in position and hold while urination takes place.
  5. When the urination has stopped, gently remove the urinal.
  6. With a damp warm (but not too warm) washcloth wipe between the person’s leg.
  7. Remember if the user is female to always wipe from front to back.
  8. Finally gently dry the area between the user's legs. 

Unisex Bedpan

Our unisex bed pan, as shown in the picture below, is ideal for any patient or user confined to their bed. With a secure fitting lid to prevent leaks and spills, this bedpan was designed to make the process of assisting someone with using a bedpan as easy as possible.


Step by Step Guide of How to Use a Bedpan

  1. Sprinkle baby powder on the edge of the bedpan to make it easier to slide under the person.
  2. If the person can sit up and lift up their hips slightly, or if there is an additional helper ask them to help them do so, as you slide the bedpan under the bottom.
  3. If the person is unable to lift their hips, help the person turn to the side.
  4. Gently press the bedpan against their buttocks and then help them turn back onto the bedpan.
  5. Ensure you hold the bedpan in position and help the person roll of the bedpan then carefully place the bed pan to a side.
  6. If the user is able to lift their own hips initially then when they are finished ask the person to raise their hips again and remove the bedpan.
  7. Remember if you can leave the person alone safely once you have initially placed the bedpan under, then leave the room to give them privacy.
  8. If the person needs assistance wiping, then help them do so.
  9. Then empty the bedpan into a toilet.
  10. Clean the bedpan as recommended on the packaging or in line with additional information given.

We also have a selection of bedpan and urinal holders, as well as equipment to assist with urinal transfer, that may help you when assisting someone to use either of these products. Just remember that it can be an uncomfortable situation for the user, so just stay relaxed and help them feel at ease, it really will make the whole process easier for both you and them.

Alternatively, take a look at our mobile sanichairs, basic commode or our basket weave. Which offer more dignity for the user.

If you require any further advice about any of the products mentioned, then please do not hesitate to get in touch and we will be happy to help or please continue to read our blog for further information and advice on independent care.