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Bed Safety

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in partnership with representatives from the medical bed industry, national health care organizations, patient advocacy groups (including Kendal Outreach), and other federal agencies (Health Care Finance Administration (HCFA); Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and the Veterans Administration), formed a workgroup in April of 1999 titled, The Hospital Bed Safety Workgroup (HBSW). Its goal is to improve the safety of hospital beds for patients who are most vulnerable to the risk of side rail entrapment. Kendal Outreach leads the effort to disseminate information from the workgroup and offers a number of resources to provide safe sleep environments in hospitals, nursing homes and residential home environments.

To read or print Clinical Guidance For the Assessment and Implementation of Bed Rails In Hospitals, Long Term Care Facilities, and Home Care Settings (April 2003), click HERE.

To read or print Hospital Bed System Dimensional and Assessment Guidance to Reduce Entrapment (March 2006), click HERE.