A container made of metal, ﬁbre or plastic into which a person conﬁned to bed can defaecate and, in the case of a female, urinate. Men use a urinal – a ﬂask-shaped container – to urinate. Hospitals have special cleaning and sterilising equipment for bedpans. They are much less used than in the past because patients are encouraged to be mobile as soon as possible, and also because bedside commodes are preferred where this is practical.
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