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How to Choose a Disposable Underpad

When choosing a disposable underpad it is important to consider absorption, wicking, backsheet material, and size. The price of a disposable underpad varies based on these features. Choosing the correct underpad will help protect your linens and furniture, and most importantly, help to promote healthy skin integrity. By reviewing the underpad features below you can more fully choose the correct underpad for your preferred use.

Absorption: Refers to the amount and concentration of water absorbing polymer contained inside the underpad. The more polymer and concentration of the polymer the more absorption capacity. Larger pads do not always contain more absorbing polymer so choose a disposable underpad based on its absorption capacity not just its size.

When choosing the level of absorption consider the volume and flow rate of the fluid landing on the pad. A very small pet only produces a small amount of volume and flow rate and a light absorption pad would likely suffice. A potty training toddler would likely require a Moderate Absorbency pad whereas an adult experiencing a full bladder loss would require a Heavy to Super Absorbency pad. Some factors may allow a Moderate Absorbency Pad to be used if the person is diapered and changed regularly. However, if you are using a moderate absorbency pad and it's not enough, don't double them up. The most effective solution is to use the correct absorbency for your needs.

Enhanced Wicking: Technology has improved the materials available to allow enhanced wicking that speeds the absorption of fluid and wicks away wetness faster than traditional cotton fluff underpads. Enhanced wicking helps to reduce compromised skin integrity and helps to trap odor causing ammonia.

Backsheet Material:

  • Plastic Waterproof: A plastic backing disposable underpad is suitable for pets or when not being used under a warm body. Because plastic is not breathable it retains heat and therefore increases moistness against the skin and is not a recommended backsheet for maintaining healthy skin integrity.
  • Breathable Waterproof: Breathable Disposable Underpads are suitable for using on a bed, chair, or type of furniture to protect the linens and furnishings from accidental fluid or urine. The breathable waterproof material helps to keep the skin dry and prevent fluid from going through the pad onto the linen or furniture. Breathable Disposable Underpads are suitable for situations when skin integrity is healthy.
  • Airflow Waterproof: AirFlow Waterproof Disposable Underpads are the highest quality underpads used when skin integrity is compromised and airflow is required to help maintain a dry healing environment. Airflow Disposable Underpads are often used in conjunction with a low air loss mattress that has very small air holes that leak air to promote dry skin. The air from the mattress then displaces through the Airflow Disposable Underpad so that the underpad does not block the air therapy promoting dry skin. Airflow Disposable Underpads are much stronger than plastic or breathable underpads and allow caregivers to use as a draw sheet to lift and reposition the patient.
Underpad Size: When choosing the proper size we recommend having at least a 6-10 inch border outside the fluid range. This allows for changes in position and a broader range of mishaps for fluid missing the mark. If movement is a concern you might choose a disposable underpad with flaps that are designed to tuck under a full or twin mattress.

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Underpads for incontinence are also commonly called chux. The benefits of underpads for incontinence are the multiple layers to prevent wetness from spreading to the bed mattress, furniture or wheelchair.