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Safe use of Bed Rails

 

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Louise Graham,
Housing Operations Manager, Sapphire Independent Housing, June 2017

Safe use of Bed Rails

Bed rails are both work equipment and medical devices. All staff working with bed rails must attend training on their safe use to avoid entrapment of the resident.

Key points to consider

  • Bed rails should be provided only where they are the most appropriate solution to prevent falls.
  • Training for staff in the risks, and safe use of bed rails.
  • Check the rails and any accessories are compatible with the bed, mattress and occupant.
  • Ensure the mattress fits snugly between the rails.
  • Rails should be correctly fitted on both sides of the bed, secure, regularly inspected and maintained.
  • Use regular checks to ensure that gaps which could cause entrapment of neck, head, and chest are eliminated.

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