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A receptacle used by a bedridden patient for urine and faeces.
- ‘After all, who will empty the bedpans in nursing homes?’
- ‘He owned a shop in Southampton which also sold bedpans and surgical appliances.’
- ‘When she comes on duty at 11 pm, she makes rounds, checking the residents for skin tears and helping them go to the toilet or use a bedpan.’
- ‘Mike got really good at getting the bedpan to me in seconds when I croaked that I needed it and switching them out for clean ones.’
- ‘And finally, be really nice to your family and friends, you never know when you might need them to empty your bedpan.’
- ‘Even the low-skilled workers who distribute the hospital meals and disinfect the bedpans must be highly trustworthy, for if they do their job wrong, patients will die.’
- ‘He peered outside, seeing the backside of a cursing orderly as he bent over to pick up a heap of empty bedpans.’
- ‘After all, the drugs, brain-scanners, bed linen, bedpans and other hospital paraphernalia are provided by private companies earning a profit, but there isn't anyone saying they should be banned from the NHS.’
- ‘‘I have to change the bedpan now,’ she said, in a slightly louder voice than was necessary.’
- ‘It's not all cleaning up bedpans and vomit; there are plenty of other more appealing activities that fall into the care profession category.’
- ‘Also at any time, bedpans and urinals are available for prolonged treatments.’
- ‘Besides being a financial burden who has reduced their living space, the family as a whole has to deal with all the rituals of bathing, bedpans, feedings, and doctor visits.’
- ‘Miss Ito, who emptied bedpans, gave body baths and held hands through the night with people in pain, was downstairs helping out.’
- ‘I'll help out in a hospital, as long as I don't have to do the bedpans.’
- ‘These kids will be up close to dawn, ready to clean bedpans and dress bedsores.’
- ‘‘Oh, you know,’ Jesse said, ‘cleaning bedpans, giving patients sponge baths.’’
- ‘Life quickly became a routine of pain killers and bedpans, but there were small achievements worth celebrating: getting out of bed and standing for the first time, taking that first step, and walking again.’
- ‘The ward nurse gave me a list of necessaries, beginning with soap and ending with a bedpan.’
- ‘The nature of my injury meant that, for several days, I could not move or be wheeled to the lavatory, so bedpans were the only option.’
- ‘They empty bedpans, give people bed baths (not as nice as you might imagine, especially for the washer), spoon food into mouths and care when families can't.’
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