For many people, it is hard to imagine how a person can be trapped by a bed side rail in such a way that it causes serious injury or death. Yet, the FDA reports that more than 700 people have been hurt or killed in this way since the 1985. So, it is important that people understand exactly how bed rail entrapment occurs.
To that end, the FDA has put pictures of typical entrapments on its website. The pictures illustrate the most common danger zones associated with bedrails including:
Zones 1 -4 account for most of the injuries and deaths from entrapment while zones 5-7 show possible other entrapment zones that may lead to injury.
In addition to the entrapment danger zones, it is important to think about the mattress and the bed. A mattress with a soft edge can lead to bed rail accidents as can a mattress that is too small and does not fit securely on the bed. Hospital beds, also known as bending and articulating beds can also create dangerous gaps when the bed is articulated and the rail remains straight.
In conclusion, there are many different ways in which a person may become entrapped in a bed with a side rail. It is important to review the FDA's pictures of typical entrapments and the recommended ways to prevent such accidents so that you and your loved ones remain safe should you need to be in a facility that uses side bed rails.
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