Bed Rails and Associated Risks

 MHRA and others Alerts and Bulletins of interest  Comments Off on Bed Rails and Associated Risks
Sep 192012
 

Remap is often asked to make or modify bed rails.  A recent report by the Coventry Safeguarding Adults Board into a fatal accident ( http://www.coventry.gov.uk/download/downloads/id/6350/serious_case_review_mrs_c_executive_summary ) is a reminder of the the potential risk of entrapment and asphyxiation of people in beds fitted with side rails.

The MHRA has produced a device bulletin on the issue, Safe Use of Bed Rails – DB 2006(06) , and a copy can be downloaded from http://www.mhra.gov.uk/home/groups/dts-pcc/documents/publication/con2025397.pdf .  Anyone tasked with working on a bed rail or bed grab handle project should familiarise themselves with this bulletin.