Mattress Covers For Urinary Incontinence
With the large range of products available for patients suffering from urinary leaks, choosing the right product is sometimes a daunting task. Many products available on the market fall under the category of protection products designed to make living with urinary incontinence easier. Among the most effective protection protects are mattress covers. Mattress covers have traditionally been used in a child’s bed to protect the mattress from bed wetting accidents, which can stain the mattress and give it an unpleasant odour; so it is a good idea for adults with moderate to severe incontinence to consider using mattress protection. Since nighttime protection is a common worry among incontinence sufferers, mattress covers are a popular choice, and can allow a person to get a good, worry free, night’s sleep.
Mattress covers come in various types of materials and sizes catering to the varied needs of incontinence patients. Personal preferences play a large role in choosing the style, fabric and material of the mattress covers and protectors. Some patients prefer plastic easy-to-wipe mattress covers, while others prefer a more discreet and breathable bed protector. There is also a varied choice in how mattress covers are fitted to the bed. There are styles which can be fitted like a fitted sheet, others are wrapped around the mattress like a duvet and some are designed to be placed on the bed like a draw sheet with non-slip backs to help keep them in place. There are also other styles available featuring tuck-in flaps which help secure the mattress cover and prevent slipping.
The fabrics used also vary. There is a range of options available from the cheap, but sturdy, polyvinylchloride (PVC) plastic to the softer, more luxurious and more breathable cotton. The washable cotton mattress covers are made up of two layers of cotton material sandwiching an absorbent core usually made up of polyurethane or rayon. The PVC mattress cover provides 100% waterproof protection for the mattress, but with low absorbency it can leave the patients’ clothes and skin wet. They are best used as a back up for body-worn absorbent products such as pads or adult diapers. PVC pads may also be preferred because due to their ease of cleaning. Wiping the cover clean with a sponge and warm soapy water takes a lot less time than washing and drying the heavy and bulky cotton mattress cover. Whether PVC or cotton, mattress protectors vary in their absorbency and thickness. Some products are thick, quilted, and designed to absorb the leaked urine keeping the skin dry for hours. These are usually referred to as bed pads and are useful for patients with severe urinary incontinence with access to high quality laundry service.
Some patients opt for disposable mattress covers, although they are not usually used as a sole protection, because of their convenience and somewhat lower price. It is important, however, to remember to regularly stock up on mattress covers so as to avoid repeated trips to distributors.
Mattress covers, as practical as they are, should not be considered a substitute or a treatment for urinary incontinence. If the cause of the incontinence is curable, then seeking medical advice can reduce the leaks and promote night time dryness.
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