Patient 1: Ambulatory Person, occasional, light urinary incontinence

Patient 2: Ambulatory Person, daytime moderate urinary incontinence, night: moderate to heavy urinary incontinence

Patient 3: Bedridden or Limited Ambulatory Person, moderate to heavy urinary incontinence

Patient 4: Bedridden or Limited Ambulatory Person, complete urinary and fecal incontinence

Incontinence product fit

A good fit is essential for an incontinent patient. Loose-fitting garments will allow leakage and potential skin breakdown due to the leakage. A small size incontinence product with heavy absorbency can absorb the same volume as a larger size. In other words, a cup of urine will be absorbed equally in a small or X-Large brief. An important note: smaller incontinence products are less expensive per piece, so an ill-fitting large garment is more expensive, too. A garment that is too small can lead to pain, skin breakdown, infections, circulation issues, and a host of other problems. A proper fit in paramount!

How to measure someone’s waist size for incontinence products – full access:

How to measure someone’s waist size for incontinence products – full access:

Step 1: Measure around the belly at its widest part
Step 2: Measure around the waist at the widest part
Step 3. Take the largest of the two measurements and add 2 inches

How to measure someone’s waist size for incontinence products – limited access:

Step 1: Measure across the belly at its widest part (on top)
Step 2: Measure across the hips  at the widest part (on top)
Step 3. Take the largest of the two measurements, multiply by 2, then add 2 inches

Example of a full access person:
Stomach measurement = 45 inches
Hip measurement = 46 inches
Calculation: 46 + 2 = 48 inches
Example Covidien product: Covidien Wings Plus Quilted Adult Brief, Cat#COV66034, Large

Example of a limited access person:
Top of stomach measurement = 30 inches
Top of hip measurement = 29 inches
Covidien calculation: 29×2 + 2 = 60 inches
Example Covidien Product: Covidien Wings Plus Quilted Adult Brief, Cat#COV66035, X-Large
Presto calculation: 30×2 + 2 = 62 inches
Example Presto Product: Presto Breathable Brief – Moderate Absorbency, Cat#ABB11051, X-Large