Underpads (chux)

Disposable underpads are also known as disposable bedpads, bed sheets, or chair pads. They are available with different color plastic backings (usually blue, green or peach) and are made from similar materials to other disposable pads. They are usually only available in one absorbency, although absorbency may vary between different brands of underpads.

You may have used the term “Chux” used when someone is talking about disposable underpads. Chux are an older brand of disposable underpads that aren't sold anymore.  Many people think they were called "Chux" or "Chucks" because you chuck them away when they are soiled.

Modern disposable underpads are sometimes still called "chux", much like a facial tissue is called Kleenex even when it is made by another company.

Over the years, technology has improved and modern disposable underpads are much better than in the past. Most disposable underpads now are made with a highly-absorbent polymer core that wicks moisture and wetness away from the surface of the skin. Additionally, a waterproof backing helps keep beds, chairs, or other furniture dry.

An important benefit of using underpads is that they help keep the skin healthy and dry. Disposable underpads save your sheets and mattress from wetness, but they can also help keep your skin healthy as well. This is important because dry skin help wards against skin breakdown. Skin that is in contact with urine, feces, or blood can break down and cause problems. Rashes, irritated skin, pressure sores, all can be helped by keeping the skin clean and dry.

Underpads are ideally used to protect bedding, chairs, and other furniture from bodily fluids, but there are other uses for them, too:

  • If you are using catheters, an underpad is a great way to give yourself a clean surface to place your catheter insertion supplies.
  • Place an underpad on your baby's changing table in case there are any unexpected accidents during changing and to make cleanup easy.
  • Use underpads in replace of puppy or dog pee pads. Underpads are usually a lot cheaper than the pads available at pet stores.

Disposable underpads come in a variety of sizes (30"x30", 30"x36" and 36"x36") and colors (usually peach, blue, or green).

Disposable underpads are available from Rely Medical Supply, manufactured by a number of suppliers including: Attends Dry-Sorb Underpads, Attends Night Preserver Underpad, Attends Premier Absorbent Underpads, Rely Underpad, Covidien Wings Underpad, and Covidien Wings Underpad Plus.

Try disposable underpads for yourself! Call Rely Medical Supply today toll-free at 1-888-529-2308. Our phones are answered from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Central Standard Time. Our helpful and compassionate product experts are trained to help you select the right products for your personal needs.