According to the FDA, there are more than 2.5 million hospital and nursing home beds in use in the United States. Between 1985 and 2008, there were 772 incidents of where nursing home residents were caught, trapped, entangled, or strangled by bedrails. Of the above incidents, there were 460 deaths. Most of the injured individuals were elderly in weakened physical and emotional conditions.
Currently, I am are representing a 77 year old woman who became entangled in a bedrail while attempting to locate the ‘call button’ in her room. The woman sustained a fractured ulna and radius to her arm which necessitated open reduction / external fixation.