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Hospital Bed Side Rails are Important

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Hospital Bed Side Rails are Important

Hospital bed side rails are equipped on both sides of the beds mainly to keep the patients from falling off. They have other functions as well, they help you to move around the bed more easily. But they also make sure that you can't roll out of bed. They're an excellent accessory for any patient with mobility limitations or bodily weakness. They are also often used to help patients with conditions such as Alzheimer's Disease to remain on the bed.

Many of our hospital beds include standard brackets for half rails, and we can also supply beds with 7-inch extension brackets. You can buy bed rails in many different sizes, including half and full-length rails, both of which are adjustable so that they can be moved out of the way.

Loose side rails can lead to falls or entrapment injuries. It is essential to follow the manufacturer's specifications for installation and maintenance for bed frames and bedside rails to keep loved ones safe.

1. Full-length side rails

Family members often believe that full-length side rails will ensure patient safety. However, full-length side rails should not be used to keep confused patients from climbing out of the bed.  

Loved ones may attempt to climb over the side rail and suffer severe injuries due to falling from the greater height. Other options are more effective for protecting loved ones from getting out of bed without assistance.

Electric high-low beds lower the bed frame to just a few inches above the floor, preventing injury in case the loved one rolls off the mattress. Floor pads may be placed on either side of the bed as well for added protection.

2. Half-length side rails

Upper half-length side rails are used for repositioning and do not prevent loved ones from entering or leaving the bed. They are a convenient location for bed controls and TV remotes to prevent them from falling to the floor.

Solid plastic rails with grip handles are preferred to chrome rungs to reduce the risk of entrapment. The side rails should be securely mounted to the bed frame to help prevent injuries when loved ones get in and out of the bed.

3. Assist bars

Assist bars are similar to half length side rails and are designed to help loved ones get in and out of bed. The narrow shape makes them less helpful for loved ones to reposition themselves in the bed.  

Assist bars allow loved ones greater visibility of their surroundings and reduce the feeling of being trapped in the bed. Some assist bars come with storage bags for TV and bed remote controls. Assist bars must also be securely mounted to the bed frame.

4. Entrapment risks

Side rails should never be used as a substitute for careful monitoring of loved ones, especially those at risk of entrapment or falls.

Even though side rails may be perceived as proven safety devices, sprains or broken bones, or strangulation may occur if body parts become wedged between the mattress and side rail.

Gaps between the mattress and side rails can form when loved ones sit or lay on the bed, increasing the risk of injury. Older model beds with full-length rails, replacement parts and soft mattresses have the highest risks for entrapment. Gap guards, foam bumper pads, and concave mattresses can help reduce the risk of entrapment between the side rails and mattress.

Maidesite hospital beds can be fitted with half-length rails, and for patients that require more support, we recommend using a pair of half-length rails on each side of the bed.

If you choose to fit your bed with rails, you may also want to consider using side-rail pads, such as our bamboo rail covers, which envelop the rails with a layer of padding to prevent injury and create a more comfortable environment. Side-rail pads are also washable and help to keep bed rails clean.

Maidesite hospital beds with side rails are great options for patients who need safety, comfort and convenience. Contact us anytime for custom or bulk order.