3 Ways to Prevent Bed Rail Problems at Nursing Homes

Three steps can help prevent injury or death related to adult bed rails, according to a new poster made available by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Nursing, maintenance, custodial and other employees may find this information helpful:

  • Consider whether use of a bed rail is appropriate for those in your care.

    Use Caution with Adult Bed Rails

    Use Caution with Adult Bed Rails

  • Ensure that the bed rail is properly installed.
  • Check daily for rail slippage and gaps, which can cause entrapment.

From January 1985 to January 2013, 531 adults died because they were caught, trapped, entangled or strangled in hospital bed rails, according to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) data cited on the poster. Most of those people were frail, elderly and confused.

From January 2003 to September 2012, 155 deaths occurred associated with portable bed rails for adults, according to CPSC data. Ninety-three percent of the cases involved rail entrapment, and most of the affected adults were aged 60 or more years.

A Spanish language version of the poster also is available.

Source: Lois A. Bowers

About Judah Gutwein, L.N.H.A.

As a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, with additional years of experience as an Admissions and Marketing Director, I am intimately familiar with the challenges of building and maintaining a vibrant census in nursing and rehab facilities. Regency Nursing Centers has a well deserved reputation for excellence in healthcare and I'm extremely proud of our achievements! Thanks for reading our Regency Blog!
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