- a shallow toilet pan for use by persons confined to bed.
Origin of bedpan
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Examples from the Web for bedpan
The patient should not rise from his bed, but should use a bedpan or other receptacle.
It is sometimes desirable to place the patient on a bedpan and rinse the parts by a gentle stream of warm water poured from a jug.
If the patient does not ask for the bedpan, the attendant should offer it at suitable times.
Empty the bedpan and clean it at once; ordinarily one can clean it without wetting or soiling the hands.
Also they should have bedpan or whatever other attention they need regularly, and when asked for, immediately.
- a shallow vessel placed under a bedridden patient to collect faeces and urine
- another name for warming pan
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Word Origin and History for bedpan
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A metal, glass, or plastic receptacle for the urinary and fecal discharges of persons confined to bed.
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