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Last month, the FDA posted some new materials on bed rails and related products. This reiterated what should by now be the well-known hazards of entrapment and death when the bed user gets entangled within openings of the rail, or between the rail and the mattress or part of the bed frame.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has merged two petitions calling for a total ban on adult bed rails and will accept comments on the matter through Aug. 5, according to an entry in Tuesday's Federal Register. The requests cite CPSC data showing 155 bed rail-related fatalities between 2003 and 2012, which occurred in private homes, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and hospices.
Let me introduce myself. My name is Jackie and I am (proudly) a long-term care nurse. The editors at McKnight's are brave enough to let me start a blog. It might at times be slightly irreverent, thought provoking and challenging, and it might cause you to become introspective. Throughout, I promise you one thing: I'll keep it real.