Are rail beds really a threat to nursing home patients? If so, why do nursing homes in Florida still use them?
Yes, bed rails have contributed to nursing homes patients’ injuries and fatalities. It’s shocking to think, but elderly patients can get stuck in between the bars of their beds, including the side rails and foot and head rails. If they aren’t checked on and rescued in time, they can be stuck for hours – ultimately leading to a head injury, immobility, or suffocation and death.
Although rare, bed rail entrapment accidents do occur in nursing homes in Florida and throughout this nation. While these accidents, injuries and fatalities give these types of beds and all nursing homes a bad rap, there are many nursing home workers who check on their patients properly and use these beds in the right way.
Beds with bed rails are still used in many nursing homes in Florida to help keep certain residents in their beds. For example, some residents with dementia, Alzheimer’s, and other disorders need help to get out of bed. So nursing homes use these bed rails as a way of keeping these residents safe. However, when nursing home staff leave these residents for long periods of time without checking on them, residents are at risk for being trapped inside the bed rails.
If you or a loved one suffered an injury as a result of a rail bed and nursing home negligence, you may have a legal claim. To learn more about your rights or to get your questions answered, contact the Law Offices of David Benenfeld at 866-9 HELP NOW or 866-943-5766 to speak with a knowledgeable nursing home injury lawyer in a complimentary consultation today.