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

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.

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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

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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 bed.

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 Half-length rail: a one-piece rail that extends along the side of the bed one-half the length of the bed from the head of the bed.

bedrail4Quarter-length rail: a one-piece rail that extends along the side of the bed approximately one-quarter the length of the bed form the head of the bed.

bedrail5Split rails: a pair of half rails; one set extends along the side of the bed from the head of the bed to the mid-section of the bed; the other set extends from the mid-section of the bed to the foot section of the bed; generally there is a space between the two sets of rails.

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Transfer bar: a one piece device, attached to the bed frame on one or both sides of the bed, that is grasped to aid in bed entry and exit.

To learn more, please check out our recent series of blogs discussing The Dangers of Resident Bed Rails in Nursing Homes:

  • The Dangers of Resident Bed Rails in Nursing Homes–An Overview: Part 1 of  9
  • The Dangers of Resident Bed Rails in Nursing Homes–Rates of Incidence: Part 2 of  9
  • The Dangers of Resident Bed Rails in Nursing Homes—Anatomy of Entrapment Part 4 of 9
  • The Dangers of Resident Bed Rails in Nursing Homes–Guiding Principles Regarding the Safe use of Bed Rails: Part 5 of 9
  • The Dangers of Resident Bed Rails in Nursing Homes–Policy Considerations: Part 6 of 9
  • The Dangers of Resident Bed Rails in Nursing Homes–Risk Intervention: Part 7 of 9
  • The Dangers of Resident Bed Rails in Nursing Homes–Risk Intervention: Part 7 of 9
  • The Dangers of Resident Bed Rails in Nursing Homes– Bed Rail Safety Guidelines: Part 8 of 9
  • The Dangers of Resident Bed Rails in Nursing Homes–Conclusion: Part 9 of 9

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