A recent NPR radio program discusses bed rail safety in nursing homes. The increased demand for hospital beds in nursing homes, hospitals, hospice programs, and in home use has resulted in a shortage of certain bed parts. For example, mattresses may be improperly sized to the type of beds. Using improperly sized mattresses may result in gaps between the end of the mattress and the bed rails. The gaps allow patients to get wedges between the mattress and rail. The entrapment may result in suffocation, falls, lacerations or even death.
Listen to the full discussion here.