FDA Issues Guidance on Safer Hospital Bed Design
MedSun: Newsletter #2, March 2006

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published its final guidance on reducing the occurrence of hospital bed entrapments through improved design of hospital beds. The guidance, prepared with input from both Government and private sector groups, notes that strangulation and death can result from patients’ becoming caught between parts of the bed. Elderly patients in hospitals and nursing homes, especially those who are frail, confused, restless, or subject to uncontrollable body movement, are most vulnerable to entrapment, with the head, neck, and chest the body parts most at risk.

Additional Information:

Hospital Bed System Dimensional and Assessment Guidance to Reduce Entrapment

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