Amongst a myriad of issues faced by patients in nursing homes, one that requires immediate and serious concern is the entrapment of patients in the bed rails. Bed rail entrapment refers to patients being trapped in the rails of their bed, which causes obstruction in their movement and makes them unable to get out of their bed. Being stuck in the bed rails for hours leads to suffocation and immobility, which eventually results in the death of the patient. This is a commonly experienced problem in most nursing homes and is making people unsure of their decision to send their loved ones to nursing homes.
Cases of Bed Rail Entrapment in Nursing Homes
Several cases of patients being severely locked in the bed rails in nursing homes have been reported in the past. These include that of a patient who had his head and torso trapped in the head side rail and foot and head rails respectively and his lower body hanging down towards the floor. This patient died a little while after experiencing this accident. Another case is of an eighty-year-old woman whose head was caught between the mattress of her bed and the head side rail, her arm was locked in the rail on the foot side; she too passed away due to this shocking episode. In one other case, an old man was entrapped between the bars of the side rail of his bed and received serious injuries on his head.