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Slipper bedpan, England, 1900-1950

Due to the shape of this object it is known as a ‘slipper’ bedpan. They were a standard piece of hospital equipment, designed to be used by bed-bound patients unable to reach the toilet. Slipper bedpans are still used in hospitals today – although modern examples tend to be made of plastic.

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Glossary: nursing

The study and practice of caring for and waiting on the sick, injured, or others unable to look after themselves or to deal with their specific medical needs.

Glossary: bedpan

Shallow containers made of metal, glass or plastic designed to be used for urination or defecation by people confined to bed.