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More and more hospitals now offer private duty care to patients who, once discharged from the hospital, need assistance at home. Most patients who need home care are elderly, special needs, injured, or recovering from major surgery. They will need help with taking their medication, caring for their wounds, or monitoring their IV.

Because patients will have limited mobility or may be bedridden, personal care attendants will likely assist with a roster of daily activities, and the bathroom needs of a patient are probably not the most glamorous. Depending on the patient’s needs, the private duty care nurse’s role will involve helping patients to the toilet, assisting them with a bedpan, emptying a drainage bag, or changing diapers.

Because of all the medication patients take, their urine and feces may be infectious or contain toxic medicine residues. Therefore, soiled diapers and bedside containers that collect urine and feces may have traces of infectious microorganisms and may be hazardous to the attending nurse and anyone who lives in the patient’s home.

Why Waste Bags are Safer, More Sanitary, and Easier to Use

Waste bags offer nurses a better waste management solution that is safer and limits the spread of disease. Waste Bag is an industry standard term that stands for ‘Waste Alleviation and Gelling Bag.’ Because of the waste bag’s triple barrier bag and liner design, the bags are odor-free, spill-proof, and puncture-resistant. They’re landfill-safe and can be disposed of in any regular trash receptacle.

Waste bags will convert urine, feces, or vomit thanks to its special blend of polymers and enzymes. Once the wastes are converted into a gel and the bag is closed shut, any bacteria or residual medicine toxins will be sealed in. They will also seal in the odor, keeping the patient’s home smelling cleaner and free of the smell of human waste.

With waste bags, patients don’t need to be assisted or carried to the toilet whenever they need to use the bathroom. They’re also less messy than bedpans. With waste bags, the waste activated gelling works as soon as the waste hits the inside of the bag. With bedpans and drainage bags, there’s a risk of spillage when removing the bedpan, emptying the drainage bag, and transporting the waste to the toilet for disposal.

The Brief Relief Liquid Waste Bag was designed for men and women; it has a wide opening with a semi-rigid rim to prevent spills. The Brief Relief Disposa-John handles both liquid and solid waste and contains waste activated gelling.

While Brief Relief waste bags are used for urinary and fecal discharge, they’re also ideal for patients who suffer from nausea and vomiting after surgery. Instead of keeping a pail by the bed to catch vomit, personal caregivers can assist patients in throwing up in a waste bag that will instantly convert the vomit into a deodorized gel. It’s a time-saver as using a bucket requires you to rinse it out with every use to prevent the spread of disease and to keep the smell from lingering.

To learn more about what Brief Relief can do to transform at-home patient care, please check out our product line.