StethoscopeMany people dislike staying in hospitals, nursing homes, and healthcare centers because of the uneasy environment. To make the patients feel relaxed, these facilities provide a comfortable bed. But even this cradle can cause patients anxiety attacks due to the possibility of bed entrapment.

The agents from MacdonaldsHHC.com agree that hospital beds in Vancouver should feature side rails and assist bars, which are essential to the needs of patients.Bedrails help keep patients safe; however, it also poses threats when they have their body trapped in between or around the rails and bedframe.

Bed entrapment rarely occurs, but when it does, it can cause serious injuries. In some cases, patients entangle their tubes and cords; others have their head or arms stuck.

There are five possible areas of entrapment in bed rails (given the bed has split rails):

  1. Between the head or foot board and the edge of the rail
  2. Between the two rails
  3. Between the mattress and the rail
  4. Between the space under the rail and the mattress
  5. Within the rail
Bed Entrapment Facts in Canada

In Canada, there were more than 60 cases of bed entrapment from 1980 to 2008 andover 50% of thosewere fatal. From October 2009 to September 2014, there were 41 more cases, with seven being fatal.

One of the most common risks of bedrails is injuries from a fall when patients try to climb over them. But even without falling, getting stuck gives patients cuts, bruises and scrapes. There are also cases where the bedrails were not fastened, causing the patients to fall or pull down the tubes and cords.

To keep you safe from bed entrapment, lower one or all of the rails if they are not necessary. Make sure that you fasten the latches securely and put some weight on them to check if they’re sturdy enough. If you’re worried for the safety of your loved onein a hospital bed, talk to the staff to address your concerns. Make sure that they cover all patient needs and reduce the risks of bed entrapment.