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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions On Bed Safety

Bed rails or Hospital Side Rails provide a variety of functions: they can prevent bedridden patients or hospice patients from rolling or falling out of bed, and provide support when you have difficulty getting into and out of bed or adjusting your position once in bed. When sleeping alone, double bed may be better than a rail on a single side. For maximum adaptability, you may choose adjustable bed rails that can be shortened or lengthened as needed and/or lowered by a caregiver.

Many of the safety rails cannot be operated by the person in the bed. They are meant to be operated by a care giver. Read the product instructions carefully to confirm this information.

Many of the safety rails cannot be operated by the person in the bed. They are meant to be operated by a care giver. Read the product instructions carefully to confirm this information.

Bed rails can be dangerous for people at higher risk of entrapment, falls or injury from portable bed rails due to confusion, restlessness, lack of muscle control, or a combination. Other risks include:

  • rolling over the top of the rail
  • climbing over the rail
  • climbing over the footboard
  • violently shaking and dislodging rails
  • violent contact with bedrail parts

Bed rails need careful management. Care givers should ensure:

  • Bed rails are only provided when they are the right solution to prevent falls
  • A careful risk assessment is carried out by a competent person taking into account the bed occupant, the bed, mattresses, bed rails and all associated equipment
  • The rail is compliant with the bed and mattress
  • The mattress fits snugly between the rails
  • The rail is correctly fitted, secure, regularly inspected and maintained
  • Gaps that could cause entrapment of neck, head and chest are eliminated
  • Staff are trained for the risks and safe use of bed rails

Bed Entrapment is when poorly fitting bed rails cause a persons neck, chest or limbs to get trapped in gaps between the bed rails or between the bed rail and the bed, headboard, or mattress causing serious injuries or even death.

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