Many of Patterson Medical’s products have been developed in association with healthcare professionals, and end users to produce their own design and exacting standards. This ensures that they offer user suitability and quality products at all time.
If you have a metal framed static or profiling bed, you could use the Patterson Medical Elland Bed Rail .It has two heavy duty screw clamps that fix directly to the bed’s metalwork.
Although neat and easy to fit, the height of the grab handle is fixed at 650mm which may not be the optimum ideal height for every user, and you might need the flexibility of another grab rail.
They have supports on both sides of the bed which allows the user to alternate which side they get in and out of. It also enables a person to re-position themselves once in bed.
A double sided grab rail is especially useful if there are two occupants in bed who both require additional support when transferring on and off the bed. This saves the expense of purchasing two separate grab rails.
The Bedside Storage Bag has 8 various pockets that can fit almost anything including iPads, Kindles, iPhones, remote controls, flashlights, notebooks, pens, tissues etc.
Safe Use of Bed Rails for the Elderly
Bed rails successfully prevent many falls, but their incorrect use has resulted in the serious injury or even deaths of bed occupants by asphyxiation through entrapment in gaps.
Risk assessment is key to ensure the safe use of rails. This should start with the bed occupant and include the proposed equipment, bed and mattress.
Important Issues to Consider Before using a Bed Rail
If the person is likely to fall from their bed, are bed rails an appropriate solution ?
Is the bed rail height appropriate for the bed occupant ?
Does the person’s physical size present a risk ?
Does the person’s behaviour present a risk ?
Can the person’s head, neck, chest or body become trapped between the bars of the bed rails ?
Are gaps created by the bed, rail, mattress and head / foot board combination a risk to safety ?
Is the bed rail fitted correctly ? ( Is it likely that the rail will move away from the side of the mattress or bed during use ).
Bed rails designed for adults should not be used for children
If either the bed, mattress, bed rails or condition of the bed occupant changes then a new risk assessment should be carried out.
Bed rails and the elderly – things to avoid when fitting
Any gaps that could cause entrapment of the head, neck or chest when the mattress is compressed between the end of the bed rail, and the headboard or foot board.
Using bed rails which are not compatible with the bed base.
Using insecure fittings that let the bed rail drop down, or move away from the side of the bed.
Bed rails with missing parts.
Using bed rails that have not been maintained regularly.
Hopefully the above provides a guide to the different types of bed rails for the elderly that are available.
As with any product it is up to the individual and their specific needs.
If in doubt users should consult a health care professional or seek medical advice prior to purchasing. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me firstname.lastname@example.org I will be happy to help.