Bed rails are a safety device designed to reduce the risk of slipping, sliding or rolling out of bed. They may also be called bedside rails, side rails, safety sides and cot sides. Although bed rails may be used for children, in this manual we are looking at their use for adults in care situations.
It is important to understand the purpose of bed rails and the risks associated with their use. Poorly fitting bedrails have caused deaths where a client’s neck, chest or limbs become trapped in gaps between the bedrails or between the bedrail and the bed, headboard, or mattress. Bedrails have also been identified as a risk if clients try to climb over them.
There is evidence that when used in the right circumstances, bed rails can reduce the risk of injury, promote confidence and reduce feelings of fear of falling.
This training course will look at how to use bed rails safely, including identifying potential risks, how to reduce those risks and when to consider using alternative strategies.
- Understand best practice in using bed rails safely
- Identify potential risks associated with bed rail use
- Understand how to reduce the risks associated with bed rail use
- Identify alternatives to bed rails
- Know how to report and record bed rail incidents
- Relevant Legislation
- Risks associated with bed rail use
- Reducing the risk through risk assessment
- Alternatives to using bed rails
- Reporting and recording bed rail incident