What are Incontinence Pads?
Incontinence pads are small, high-absorbency, protective pads that protect beds, mattresses, and chairs from moisture. MIP Cares’ incontinence pads are reusable and multi-layered and feature two sides: one made of soft material suitable for contact with sensitive skin, and an impermeable backing designed to prevent liquids or bodily fluids from coming into contact with sleeping or seating surfaces.
Why Incontinence Pads are Important
When a patient or loved one is suffering from incontinence, the use of incontinence pads is an important and effective way to maintain their dignity, comfort, and protection. Incontinence pads allow those dealing with incontinence issues to comfortably lie, sleep or sit on any surface, without the concern of staining or the hassle of having to immediately wash bedding or clean furniture if incontinence occurs. In addition, as they help protect skin from moisture and the risk of pressure injuries, incontinence pads provide peace of mind for individuals dealing with incontinence, as well as their caregivers.
Washable vs. Disposable Bed Pads
There are a number of disposable incontinence pads available for purchase that are suitable for single use only. However, as many individuals require incontinence pads on a daily basis, the amount of waste created by disposable incontinence pads can become substantial. At MIP Cares, all of our bed pads are fully washable and reusable, and stain-resistant, making them an eco-friendly alternative to disposable incontinence pads.
How to Choose a Good Washable Bed Pad
There are several factors to consider when choosing a reusable, washable bed pad. The material of the incontinence pad should be durable enough to withstand multiple washes. All MIP Cares incontinence pads are made of a material chosen for its durability and ability to resist regular wear-and-tear, as well as for comfort and protection. Incontinence pads should be machine washed on the “warm” setting without bleach, and mixed loads are not recommended. They can be dried on the highest heat setting.
The size of the incontinence pad you choose depends on how you plan to use the pad. For a bed or a similarly large surface, select a large pad, such as the MIP Cares Fusion Bed Pad, which measures 35 x 35 inches, or the MIP Cares Whootex Bed Pad, which measures 34 x 36 inches. If you are selecting an incontinence pad for a chair, a smaller surface area is required. The MIP Cares Aurorra Chair Pad, for instance, measures 21 x 22 inches, making it ideal for most seating surfaces.
Surface Fabric Quality
High-quality fabric is crucial when selecting an incontinence pad, as the pad comes into contact with sensitive skin, and the comfort and protection of the user are of the highest importance. MIP Cares’ polyester surfaces are recommended, as they provide rapid wicking, high absorbency, and stain resistance. Our Fusion Bed Pad surface features Stay Dry technology and are made of a soft, smooth fabric that is superior to its quilted counterparts, as there are no seams or pressure points to lie on. In addition, the Fusion Bed Pad also features an ultra-thin profile, making it ideal for specialty mattresses as it does not impair their performance. The surface layer of MIP Cares’ Whootex Bed Pad is made with our proprietary Whootex fabric, known for its softness, breathability, and moisture-wicking properties. The Aurorra Chair Pad is made of soft fabric and is padded for optimal comfort.
Look for an incontinence pad with an impermeable backing, which provides effective linen protection and ensures fewer bed linen changes. MIP incontinence pads feature a PU or vinyl backing for maximum protection, and a soaker made of 65% polyester and 35% rayon for maximum absorbency.
Incontinence pads should protect the surfaces they’re placed on without compromising the comfort of your patient or loved one. As addressed above, the comfort of an incontinence pad is partly dependent on the fabric it’s made of. Incontinence pads can also offer features, such as seamless or quilting construction, which affect comfort. Our Fusion Bed Pad is the first bed pad ever developed with no surface quilting, and its surface layer is fused to the absorbent layer. This allows the bed pad to remain smooth and flat, reducing the risk of pressure points, and greatly enhancing your patient or loved one’s comfort. The surface layer of the MIP Cares Whootex Bed Pad, meanwhile, is quilted and feels soft against sensitive skin, while wicking away moisture and providing breathability and proper airflow. The MIP Aurorra Chair Pad features a quilted, padded construction for optimal comfort while seated.
As all of MIP’s incontinence pads are reusable, selecting them over disposable options is the most eco-friendly choice. Disposable incontinence pads result in a surplus of waste, whereas reusable, stain-resistant incontinence pads not only offer comfort and dignity but an environmentally-friendly care solution.
What are Chux Pads?
Chux pads are an older brand of disposable underpads that are no longer sold anymore.
Can washable bed pads be used for children?
Yes, washable bed pads can be used for children. Incontinence pads are designed for any individual who is experiencing incontinence, regardless of age.
What features affect the quality of a washable bed pad?
Fabric composition, overall construction, and durability affect the quality of a washable incontinence pad. All MIP Cares incontinence pads are made of high-quality, comfortable fabrics, and constructed to withstand multiple washes.
Does the incontinence underpad stick to the mattress?
No, the incontinence underpad does not stick to the mattress. This is because the pad is not placed on a mattress but rather, it lies on a bottom sheet or positioner.
Which side of the incontinence underpad should a person lay on?
Your patient or loved one should lie on the soft side of the incontinence pad. The blue PU or vinyl backing fabric is designed for impermeability and is not suitable for skin contact. Also, our Fusion Bed Pad features a “This side down” indicator on the backing, which guides the caregiver as to which side faces downward on the bed.