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Bed Pads / Chux Pads

Bed pads and chux pads are sheets with an absorbent top layer and waterproof backing. These absorbent, waterproof pads are designed to protect bedding, furniture and, in the case of pets, flooring, from getting soiled or damaged. At the same time, chucks pads lock away moisture to prevent urine and other bodily fluids from damaging skin. Read more...

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By preventing the need to replace damaged furniture and consistently rewash bedding, bed pads save a great deal of effort and money and make them a worthwhile investment.

Chux are generally used as a final measure of protection when leakage occurs despite the use of wearable incontinence products such as adult diapers and pull ups. They are also used as a first line of defense as pee pads for pets that are being house trained or suffer from incontinence.

Chux Definition: Chux are bed pads that protect beds and other surfaces from bodily fluids and can be tossed after use. Also known as chucks pads, these terms are often used interchangeably with bed pads, although they primarily refer to disposable pads as opposed to reusable bed pads.

Choosing Bed Pads

In order to choose the best underpads, it's important to follow these steps: (1) find absorption level, (2) choose underpad type and (3) pick the correct size.

1. Absorption Level

The first thing you'll need to know is the absorbency level required - light, moderate, heavy or maximum. This will depend on the volume of output as well as the flow rate. In addition, it is important to consider how often the pad will be changed; if it will be used overnight, be sure to get bed pads that are specifically designed for overnight use.

The absorption level of bed chucks is based on the type of filling used, as well as the amount and concentration of the absorbent filling. Therefore, a larger pad does not necessarily mean better absorption. If the bed chucks you are using do not meet your absorption needs, avoid doubling up pads; for effective results, choose a pad with a higher absorbency level.

The following are the types of fillings bed pads are generally made with:

  • Fluff: Chux filled with fluff offer the lightest level of protection
  • Polymer: Polymer fillings are super absorbent and offer moderate to super absorbency
  • Polymer & Fluff: When polymer and fluff fillings are combined, the chucks pads provide moderate to super absorbency as well as a softer feel for improved user comfort

An underpad with a light level of absorbency may be ideal for pets or as changing pads, since they are made to contain less liquid and a slower flow rate. Moderate absorbency, on the other hand, is for heavier absorbency needs and may be sufficient for adults who are changed regularly. Heavy, super or maximum absorbency levels are for overnight use and for adults with full bladder loss.

2. Chux Pad Type

The next thing you'll need to consider is the type of waterproof pad you're looking for.

Disposable vs. Reusable

Underpads are available in both disposable and reusable varieties. Some people prefer the disposable bed pads, often referred to as chux pads, because of their convenience. Others like to use washable or reusable bed pads, whether it’s because they want to save money or the environment. Most washable bed pads can be washed well over 100 times without losing their effectiveness.

Backsheet Type

The backsheet of the pad is an important consideration. You can choose a plastic, breathable or air permeable backing. You may also want to consider cloth-like pads, which offer better comfort.

  • Plastic: Underpads with plastic backing are ideal for temporary purposes such as changing pads
  • Breathable: Breathable backsheets keep skin dry to prevent irritation and breakdown and are recommended for extended use
  • Air Permeable: These pads are breathable and offer maximum dryness for damaged skin. Air permeable chux pads are generally used together with pressure relief systems to help treat or prevent pressure sores for individuals with sensitive skin or other pressure sore risk factors.

Other features to consider include flaps that hold the bed pad in place for individuals who move a lot during their sleep, as well as heavy duty backing for re-postioning purposes. Stronger backing helps avoid tearing and skin shearing.

3. Size

When purchasing incontinence pads, there are a variety of sizes available so you can find the perfect chux for anywhere: your bed, chairs, wheelchair or your pet’s litter box. Keep in mind that bed pads should have 6" – 10" of extra space on either side of the body for proper coverage.

 

For more information on choosing the perfect bed chucks for your needs, check out our helpful chux buying guide. If you’re still unsure, however, make the most of our free samples program and order some chux pad samples today.

Keep in mind – if your order is $50 or more, we’ll ship it to you free!