Reviewed by Christine Kijek, Registered Colorectal Nurse, on October 1, 2022
Handling incontinence can be a tedious task for an individual if they do not have the right kind of accessories and products to help them through it. Managing leakage throughout the day, ensuring everything stays hygienic and taking care of the body in the process makes incontinence management a time-consuming task. Chux is a great resource when managing incontinence. Hassle free and not very expensive, chux is a feasible option for everyday incontinence management.
Chux have been around since the early 1940’s and 50’s and were makeshift pads women across the US began making at home to battle incontinence. Layers of newspapers were sewn within cloths and used as underpads or chux. When medical professionals noticed this new trend, they began working on making this invention more hygienic and safer to use, and slowly this led to the birth of medical chux. Over the years, new features were added to make it cheaper, easier to use, and of improve quality.
Chux can be differentiated based on size and absorbency levels.
Size – There are three broad options when it comes to sizes:
Absorbency – They are divided into four categories:
Many people complain about bedsores and rashes while using chux. The moisture generated can sometimes cause problems related to bacteria and yeast formation, creating a risk for infecion. Air Flow back-sheets are a feature in many chux products that provide superior air circulation and have a breathable back-sheet, both of which reduce the chances of bedsores and rashes. Reduced moisture inhibits the growth of bacteria and yeast.
Movement in bed results in the slipping or bunching of chux. The chux might slip out of place or become disoriented, giving way for urine to seep into the bed or into the clothes of the user overnight. Adhesive underpads or cloth chux pads can be helpful in such conditions. The adhesive underside is stuck to the bed sheets, preventing the chux from moving during sleep.
Winged underpads are another option. The wings are tucked beneath the mattress so that there is more space for movement and a greater coverage area for absorption.
Attends Night Preserver Underpads contain super absorbent polymer and cellulose fibers for heavy absorbency. They are rectangular absorbent pads designed to protect beds, chairs, and other furniture. Attends Night Preserver is made with soft, non-woven top layers for wicking fluid away from the skin. It features cellulose fibers that provide added comfort and absorbency. With a strong, leak-proof back sheet that holds fluid, these Underpads are for use in hospitals, nursing homes and in the home.
Medline Ultrasorbs AP Super Absorbent Premium Disposable Drypads are ideal for patients or residents with continuous exposure to excessive moisture from incontinence, wound drainage or perspiration. They have a high-strength design that helps reduce the need for multiple drawsheets for positioning. Ultrasorbs protect against leakage and maintain skin integrity as part of an overall pressure ulcer prevention program. Ultrasorbs Drypads provide superior dryness and containment. They absorb more moisture and feature exclusive fold-over edges to prevent fluid overflow.
Attends Dri-Sorb Light Absorbency Disposable Underpads are available in a variety of sizes and absorbencies and are perfect for standard, everyday use in hospitals, long-term care facilities and in the home. They are great for protecting mattresses and chairs but also promote healthy skin by having a soft, cloth-like top sheet that covers the entire surface, and the top layers wick fluid away from the skin. Inner cellulose fibers make them comfortable and absorbent, and a strong, leak-resistant back sheet holds fluid.
AT Surgical Reusable Incontinence Underpads draw moisture away from the body and prevent skin irritation. For adults seeking solutions to frequent incontinence problems due to weak or overactive bladders and sleepless nights, these underpads with multiple layers prevent wetness from spreading to the bed. The soft, 3-ply, quilted fabric works much like an egg crate and adds a soft layer to firm mattresses.
Choosing the right chux not only ensures great absorbency and superior incontinence management, but also ensures that the user stays healthy and safe during the entire period. The right size and right absorbency levels are paramount to the right chux or underpad for you.
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