The Seven Entrapment Zones of Bedrails in Nursing Homes

entrapment zones of nursing home bedsIn the days before modern technology, bedrails were used primarily as a means of confining a nursing home resident to bed. Today, modern bedrails perform a variety of functions associated with a nursing home resident getting into and out of bed, as well as continuing to perform their standard function of restraint.

In fact, a bedrail is the most common form of restraint in a nursing home.

Even with new designs, bedrails commonly cause falls and entrapment, which may result in fractures or even death.  In order to help identify potential problems with bedrails, the FDA has identified seven “entrapment zones.”

Entrapment occurs when a nursing home resident tries to get out of bed, but is trapped from doing so by a bedrail. Injury often occurs after a bedrail entrapment incident.

Nursing home residents leave, or want to leave, bed for a number of reasons, including the need to use the bathroom, general boredom, breathing difficulties, pain of various kinds, hunger or thirst, agitation, delirium, etc.

Nursing home residents with cognitive impairment are the most likely group to be injured in an incident involving bedrails.

The nursing home can easily implement programs designed to alleviate bedrail entrapment. Simple programs such as scheduled toileting, administration of increased pain medication prior to bed, and identification of residents with delirium can be helpful in preventing bedrail injuries.

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The full FAQ about hospital bed entrapment from the FDA can be found here:

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