How do you find the right size adult brief for a new patient?

Nurses General Nursing


How do you usually find the right size adult brief/diaper for a new patient with incontinence? Do you measure the patient's waist/hip, use height & weight, or just eyeball it and change size if it leaks?

You can just eyeball it after a while. There aren't that many sizes usually.

Specializes in Acute Care, Rehab, Palliative.

You get one that you think will fit. If it is the wrong size you go and get another one.

Specializes in Pedi.

When I worked in the hospital we had 3 sizes of "adult" diapers. It was a pediatric hospital but many chronic/disabled kids are incontinent forever and after the age of like 6 they usually have outgrown the size 6 diapers. You look at your patient and use your best guess... a smaller kid got peach, medium sized got white and teenagers got blue at my old hospital. If they didn't find, go to the next size up or down.

Thanks. I appreciate it! I thought the adult diaper or brief selection was a little bigger in hospitals and long term care facilities.

I always just eyeballed them, and then used one of the one-size-fits-all briefs that we were supplied with.

Specializes in retired LTC.

I say this in all sincerity --- I'd ask one of my more experienced CNAs for an opinion.

The aides are remarkable for the many things they do, and I appreciate their expertise and knowledge. After all, who knows better than a CNA how to prevent leaky incont problems (and prevent making an extra bed over).

Eventually you will get so you can guess fairly accurately. (What a skill to have huh?)

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