Nursing Home Bedrail Injuries
Bedrail Injuries in a Nursing Home
Many nursing homes and hospitals provide their patients with beds that have bedrails. These are attachments on each side of the bed that are intended to promote safety and help provide support for the user. In some cases, bedrails may help a patient remain safe and comfortable in bed — but in other cases, bedrails can actually cause or exacerbate an injury.
In some cases, bed rails can obstruct a patient’s attempts to get out of bed, particularly if that patient is sedated or disoriented. The resulting fall from bed can cause serious injuries.
Another common injury sustained from bedrails is restricted breathing or even suffocation. Patients can become trapped in the space between the rail and the mattress and experience difficult breathing or lose oxygen entirely. The results of these accidents can be tragic — including brain damage or even death.
There are a variety of best practices that nursing homes should use in order to prevent these tragedies from happening. Mattresses should be appropriately sized for the bedrails used. Patients in beds with rails should be looked after and checked on at appropriate intervals. Patients should understand how the bed works and how to avoid unsafe positioning.
Many nursing homes are careful to ensure that their patients are kept safe. Unfortunately, however, other facilities fail to ensure that bedrails are used with the appropriate safety precautions, sometimes with tragic consequences. This is a violation of patients’ rights to safety, attention, and quality care. If a nursing home endangers its patients with unsafe or negligent bedrail practices, that facility should be held accountable.
If your loved one was injured or killed by a bedrail incident, you may be feeling angry, scared, and unsure of where to turn. An experienced attorney will listen to your story and help you figure out your best course of action. This may include negotiations or even a financial settlement.
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