bed-rails.doc - Bed Rails Bed rails are used to reduce the risk of a person falling out of bed They may also provide a level of security and comfort for

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Bed Rails Bed rails are used to reduce the risk of a person falling out of bed. They may also provide a level of security and comfort for some people. However, bed rails may also potentially create risks to the user. There have been incidents of people being caught, trapped or entangled in beds with rails and incidents of injuries resulting from people attempting to climb over bed rails to get out of bed. Bed rails may also increase a person’s feelings of isolation or cause a person to be unnecessarily restricted. Injuries and fatalities caused by a person becoming trapped in bed rails have occurred through the boards of individual side rails, space between split side rails, between the side rail and mattress, and between the headboard or footboard, side rail and mattress. People at risk of injury from bed rails may include the very young, and older people with confusion, restlessness, lack of muscle control, reduced mobility, or a combination of these factors. Increased risk also may occur when the person’s size and/or weight are inappropriate for the bed’s dimensions. When considering the use of bed rails, always assess the person’s level of risk of injury/entrapment. This includes the person’s physical, cognitive, behavioural, medication issues and/or other medical issues. Assessment will help to determine
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