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Case 17 - HSE wanted to ban the use of bed rails

Issue

A press story said that HSE wanted to ban the use of bed rails

Panel decision

HSE has not banned bed rails. The use of bedrails can play an important part in preventing falls where an assessment has identified that they are appropriate for the individual, safely fitted and used with the right bed and mattress.

However, bedrails are not suitable for everyone and inappropriate use or poorly fitting bedrails can lead to serious injury. Where there is a significant risk of falling but bedrails are assessed to be inappropriate, safe alternatives should be used.

2012-09-05