A news sheet aimed at healthcare professionals highlighting concerns relating to the use of medical devices.
Bed rails successfully prevent many falls, but their incorrect use has resulted in the deaths of bed occupants by asphyxiation through entrapment in gaps.
Risk assessment is key to ensure safe use. It should start with the bed occupant and include the combination of the proposed equipment, the bed and the mattress. This poster complements our more detailed guidance ‘Safe use of bed rails’ DB 2006(06) v2.0.