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Bed Rail Training

Bed Rail Training

Bed rails, also known as side rails or cot sides, are widely used to reduce the risk of falls. Although not suitable for everyone, they can be very effective when used with the right bed, in the right way, for the right person.

However, accident data shows that bed rails sometimes don’t prevent falls and can introduce other risks.

Poorly fitting bed rails have caused deaths where a person’s neck, chest or limbs become trapped in gaps between the bed rails or between the bed rail and the bed,

headboard, or mattress.


Other risks are:

• rolling over the top of the rail

• Climbing over the rail

• Climbing over the footboard

• Violently shaking and dislodging rails

• Violent contact with bedrail parts


Bed rails are ‘medical devices’, which fall under the authority of the Medicines and Healthcare Products regulatory agency (MHra). MHra enforces the Medical Devices

regulations and the General Product Safety regulations to ensure medical devices are acceptably safe.


Training covers the following:

• The dangers

• risk assessment

• Control measure

• Types of bed rail/bumper

• Good practice

• Maintenance


Please contact us for more information or a quote on 01704 553773.

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