Figure 1-16. Bedpan.
(1) Bring the patient a warmed bedpan inserted in paper cover, rinsed in hot
water, and dried.
(3) Place the covered pan on the chair seat and prepare to assist the patient
as necessary. Lift the bed cover; remove any supporting pillows; and lower the knee
rail. Pull the pajama jacket above the waist, and the pants to below the knees. Tell the
patient to bend his knees, press his heels against the bed, and raise hips. Slip one
hand under his back, and place the pan under the buttocks. Ask for assistance if the
patient is heavy and unable to assist in lifting. If the patient cannot raise his buttocks,
roll him to the near side of the bed, place the pan under his buttocks, and then roll him
back on the pan. Check his position on the pan.
(4) Elevate the head of the bed. Place toilet paper and signal cord within
patient's reach, and leave patient alone unless there is a requirement for constant
(5) When the patient is through, answer his signal promptly, bring a basin of
warm water. When removing the pan, support the patient in the same way as when the
pan was being placed. If the patient is unable to cleanse himself, turn him on his side
off the pan and cleanse him with paper. If necessary, wash the anal area with soap and
warm water; dry thoroughly.
(6) Place covered pan on chair. Readjust pajamas, bedding, and patient's
position. Remove the screen. Air the area by opening a window, if possible.