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Bed Rails / Asphyxiation

Minnesota Nursing Home Cited for Resident Entrapped in Bed-rail

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

June 4, 2014

The Minnesota Department of Health has substantiated the occurrence of neglect at the Elders Home nursing home in New York Mills, Minnesota.  The state investigation found that the “facility staff failed to complete a thorough assessment for the resident’s continued ability to safety use bilateral side rails following falls from bed, the addition of an air mattress overlay, and the resident’s decrease in functional abilities.  The resident’s neck became entrapped between the side rail and mattress and the resident sustained an injury as a result of the… Read More →

Twelve Years After Edina Nursing Home Resident Dies From Bed-Rail Suffocation, Bed Handles Recalled

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

May 22, 2014

As reported on previously, the use of bed-rails in nursing homes poses a serious risk for elderly patients. Many elders have become trapped in bed-rails, where they have sustained serious injuries, some of which proved fatal. A 76-year-old Edina woman suffocated in 2002 after becoming trapped in her bed-rails while at an assisted living facility. Now, 12 years later, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has recalled the bed-rails produced before 2007 made by Bed Handles Inc., of Blue… Read More →

Pennsylvania Nursing Home Resident Dies Entrapped in Bedrails, Highlights Danger of Industry Wide Use

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

May 12, 2014

An article published last February highlights the dangers of using bed rails in nursing home facilities. A 94-year old woman was found dead by caretakers. Her head was stuck between the mattress and the rails. The tragedy occurred at a Greene County nursing home in Pennsylvania. The risk of bed rails has been known for at least twenty years. And while some nursing homes are phasing out bedrails, many elderly care facilities still employ them. Elderly residents, especially those with… Read More →

Anoka Rehab and Living Center Neglects Resident

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

April 2, 2014

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has completed its investigation of neglect concerns at the Anoka Rehab and Living Center Nursing Home in Anoka, Minnesota.  A complaint was filed with the Department of Health alleging that neglect occurred when a resident was found with the resident’s head wedged in the gap between the mattress and the grab bar with the resident’s head pressing up against the grab bar. As a result the resident sustained swelling to the resident’s right eye… Read More →

The Dangers of Resident Bed Rails in Nursing Homes—Conclusion (Part 9 of 9)

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

August 10, 2013

Bed rails are one among many different factors that make up a comprehensive care plan of you or a loved one. Bed rails may not be among the first factors considered when assessing the quality of healthcare, but it is certainly among the most important. Hopefully, this 9-part series will have provided you with an ample amount of information regarding the safe usage of bed rails, as well as the tools needed to better direct the healthcare of you or… Read More →

The Dangers of Resident Bed Rails in Nursing Homes—Bed Rail Safety Guidelines (Part 8 of 9)

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

August 9, 2013

The “Clinical Guidance for the Assessment and Implementation of Bed Rails” has determined: [If] bed rails are required and that other environmental or treatment considerations…were unsuccessful in meeting the patient’s assessed needs, then close attention must be given to the design of the rails and the relationship between rails and other parts of the bed. This nine-point list is meant to provide general guidelines regarding the implementation and maintenance of resident bed rails. The bars within the bed rails should… Read More →

The Dangers of Resident Bed Rails in Nursing Homes—Risk Intervention (Part 7 of 9)

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

August 8, 2013

The Hospital Bed Safety Work Group has identified three areas in which healthcare providers can minimize the risks and hazards associated with bed rail usage. These three categories are 1) nursing, 2) medical, and 3) patient/family. The report provides a list of items that nursing staff can undertake to minimize risk, such as: Providing individually scheduled toileting, Developing an individual schedule for turning and positioning a patient in his or her bed, and Elevating the head of the bed for… Read More →

The Dangers of Resident Bed Rails in Nursing Homes—Policy Considerations (Part 6 of 9)

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

August 7, 2013

The Hospital Bed Safety Work Group included 7 recommended administrative and management policies that safety conscious healthcare facilities should always consider. As mentioned in previous posts in this series, the decision to use or discontinue the use of bed rails “should occur within the framework of an individual patient assessment.” Healthcare providers should understand that there is no “average patient” and that every individual under medical care is deserving of a tailored care plan. Because bed rails are medical tools… Read More →

The Dangers of Resident Bed Rails in Nursing Homes—Anatomy of Entrapment (Part 4 of 9)

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

August 5, 2013

In 1995, the FDA released a brief report detailing how patients of healthcare facilities can become entrapped. The report included a labeled diagram to provide an illustration of how a resident might become entrapped. The numbers in the above diagram correspond to the zones of potential danger. Reported entrapment’s had the potential to occur in one of the following ways: Through the bars of an individual side rail; Through the space between split side rails; Between the side rail and… Read More →

The Dangers of Resident Bed Rails in Nursing Homes—Types of Bed Rails (Part 3 of 9)

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

August 4, 2013

The brief issued by the Hospital Bed Safety Workgroup includes illustrations of the different varieties of resident bed rails. It should be noted that the illustrations are not intended to represent actual dimensions. Full-length rail: a one-piece rail that extends along the side of the bed from the head to the foot section of the bed Three-quarter-length rail: a one piece rail that extends along the side of the bed three-quarters of the way down from the head of the… Read More →

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