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Bed rails, also known as side rails are used to reduce the risk of falls. Bed rails provide a hand-hold for getting into or out of bed. Provide a feeling of comfort and security. Reduce the risk of patients falling out of bed when being transported. Provides easy access to bed controls and personal care items

Bed side rails are primarily meant for Patient Safety

Ned side rails are recommended for patients who have problems with memory, sleeping, incontinence, pain, uncontrolled body movement, or who walk unsafely without help. This is to provide the best way to keep them from rolling off the bed or  falling.

The Benefits and Risks of Bed Rails

  1. Aiding in turning and repositioning within the bed.
  2. Providing a hand-hold for getting into or out of bed.
  3. Providing a feeling of comfort and security.
  4. Reducing the risk of patients falling out of bed when being transported.
  5. Providing easy access to bed controls and personal care items.

There are potential risks that should be guarded against

Potential risks of bed rails may include: 

  1. Strangling, suffocating, bodily injury or death when patients or part of their body are caught between rails or between the bed rails and mattress.
  2. More serious injuries from falls when patients climb over rails.
  3. Skin bruising, cuts, and scrapes.
  4. Feeling of  isolation.
  5. Prevents patients, who are able to get out of bed, from performing routine activities such as going to the bathroom or retrieving something from a closet.

 

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