Using a bedpan

How to position a bedpan

With the person on his or her side, place the bedpan against the buttocks and have the person roll back onto the bedpan
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With the person on his or her side, place the bedpan against the buttocks and have the person roll back onto the bedpan. Cover your loved one with a sheet or blanket for privacy.

How to remove a bedpan

Hold the bedpan steady as the person rolls sideways off of it
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Hold the bedpan steady as the person rolls sideways off of it.

Current as of: December 9, 2019

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Gayle E. Stauffer, RN - Registered Nurse

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