AskDefine | Define bedpan

Dictionary Definition

bedpan n : a shallow vessel used by a bedridden patient for defecation and urination

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. a variety of chamber pot that is used while still in bed, generally for reasons of medical necessity or convenience
    The nurse entered the hospital suite and emptied the patient's bedpan each morning.

Extensive Definition

A bedpan (or piss pot) is a toileting facility, usually consisting of a metal, glass, or plastic receptacle for urinary and fecal discharge. It is typically used in the case of bedridden persons. Many diseases can confine a patient to bed, necessitating the use of bedpans, including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, apoplexia cerebri and dementia.
Conventional bedpans can cause problems, because a steel bedpan is cold, hard and uncomfortable. Also, the supporting area is very small and prolonged use can cause pressure ulcers. To solve these problems, new ergonomic bedpans have been developed, which support the patient with a larger area of warm plastic. Some designs completely cover the genitalia during use, offering protection and an extra measure of privacy. In recent years, the new style bedpan liner made by recycled pulp (molded pulp) is more popular in European hospitals; it is low cost and also single-use, decreasing the risk of cross-communicated disease.


bedpan in German: Steckbecken
bedpan in Russian: Судно (санитария)
bedpan in Swedish: Bäckenskål

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

can, chamber, chamber pot, chemical closet, chemical toilet, commode, crapper, jerry, john, johnny, jordan, latrine, piss pot, potty, potty-chair, stool, throne, thunder mug, toilet, urinal, water closet
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