One of the interesting problems some patients have in hospitals or nursing facilities is the risk of being tangled up in the bed rails attached to their hospital beds. According to reports between 1985 and 2009, there had been 803 incidents where patients were entangled in, strangled by, trapped in, or caught on these bed rails.
What's most concerning is that out of those incidents, 480 people died. Most of the patients were elderly or confused; the railings are used to prevent falls, but they can be a source of concern as well.
There are some benefits to these railings. They provide a place to hold onto as a patient tries to get out of bed. The bed is more secure, so patients don't worry about falling out when asleep or being transported. They can even be used to help patients roll over or reposition themselves.
There are major risks, though. These rails can be in the way, and if a patient tries to climb over them, it could lead to falls. Bruising, scrapes, and cuts can be caused by the railing, and patients who don't struggle with getting out of bed may be prevented from getting up due to the rails being in the way.
Hospital negligence, like failing to come to help a patient who presses a call button in a fair amount of time, can result in patients taking unnecessary risks. If you're injured because of being ignored, you may be able to seek compensation. Our website has more information on what to do after you've been injured in a hospital or medical facility.