People who have mobility issues or are totally dependent on caretakers for their mobility, run the risk of getting trapped in the bedrails. Since each person differs in their sleeping habits, no one bed will work for all.
When choosing a hospital bed for use at home, it’s important to consider medical needs, comfort, and freedom of movement. Take into consideration if the person using the bed suffers with any sort of mental confusion or lack of muscle control.
New hospital bed and rail design configurations make entrapment less likely; however, it’s important to be aware of the issue when you make your purchase. Don’t hesitate to involve the doctors or nurses in your decision.
To minimize risk of entrapment, assemble the bed according to manufacturer’s instructions, make sure rails, mattresses, and bed frames are compatible, and reassess the patient’s needs on a regular basis.