Patient entrapment can happen when a patient gets caught or tangled in the hospital bed's side rails or openings. Frail
and elderly patients are the highest risk for entrapment.
There have been reported incidents of patients getting seriously injured, and even dying, after slipping between the
mattress and side rail, or after becoming entrapped in the openings of the side rail.
7 Danger Zones for Patient Entrapment
The FDA has identified seven zones where patients are most often entrapped:
Zone 1. Within the rail
Zone 2. Under the rail, between the rail supports, or next to a single rail support
Zone 3. Between the rail and the mattress
Zone 4. Under the rail, at the ends of the rail
Zone 5. Between split bed rails
Zone 6. Between the end of the rail and the side edge of the headboard or footboard
Zone 7. Between the headboard or footboard and the mattress end
Awareness of entrapment danger is the first step to preventing it. Caregivers and resident facilities familiar with the
seven zones published by the FDA can take steps to minimize entrapment risks. We offer a variety of products that comply
with the Centers for Medicare & Medical Services (CMS) guidelines for safer beds.
bed rails you can reduce the risk of entrapment by filling gaps with
rail pads and wedges. Arm and leg entrapment can be easily prevented with
pads that cover the rail openings and offer extra cushioning for patients. For added safety, ensure the
bed frames,mattresses, and
rails are compatible with one another.