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An incontinence pad is a small, impermeable multi-layered sheet (such as cotton [washable] or paper [disposable]) with high absorbency that is used in the incontinence and health-care industries. The term may be used to refer to what are also known as Incontinence Diapers or Incontinence Nappies. Incontinence pads are used as a precaution against Urinary incontinence. Incontinence pads are usually placed in an undergarment or on a bed or chair under a person. Incontinence pads can either be reusable and laundered to re-use many times, or disposable. They are also sometimes used (incorrectly) as a patient-transfer device.
Incontinence pads are manufactured in light and heavy grades which offer a range of absorbencies, often referred to as a 'working capacity' - the true absorbency an incontinence pad offers when in use.
These sorts of pads can come as panty-liners, inserts, pads or even available as replacement underwear.
In the UK, chair or bed based protective pads known as Kylies are commonly used in healthcare settings where incontinence may be an issue. The term Kylie originates from the company Capatex Medical based in Nottingham, UK and is frequently applied to any reusable bed or chair protector. It is usually constructed in layers of quilted absorbent fabric and alternating liquid impermeable plastic.