December 6th, 2017 | Formats: Guideline | Content Areas: Environmental Sanitation Operations, Textile Management Operations | Tags: Beds, Laundry and Textiles, Linen
The efforts of the FDA and the Hospital Bed Safety Workgroup have culminated in FDA's release of Hospital Bed System Dimensional and Assessment Guidance to Reduce Entrapment. This guidance provides recommendations for manufacturers of new hospital beds and for facilities with existing beds (including hospitals, nursing homes, and private residences).
Healthcare facilities developing comprehensive bed safety programs should consider:
- following the Clinical Guidance for the Assessment and Implementation of Bed Rails to assess an individual patient's needs when using a side rail; and
- consulting with the hospital bed manufacturer and their facilities’ risk managers.
The HBSW has developed a Bed Safety Entrapment Kit containing information and tools that can be used to assess the risk of entrapment in hospital beds. Additional information about the kit is also provided in the FDA Guidance.