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Device adult portable bed rails for medical purposes
Regulation Description Daily activity assist device.
Definition An adult portable bed rail is a device intended for medical purposes to assist a patient to perform a specific function, including but not limited to assisting impaired individuals (e.g., disabled, injured, or those post-surgery or hospitalized) with transfer in and out of bed, and repositioning, to reduce risk of falling or fracture. This device may mitigate the risk of falling due to the effects of balance disorders or other medical conditions. This does not include guardrails or side rails intended for use on FDA regulated hospital beds and does not include portable bed rails used for pediatrics.
Physical State An adjacent type bed rail, grab bar, assistive bar, transfer aid, bed cane or rail (henceforth identified as the product or products) intended by the manufacturer to be installed on, against, or adjacent to an adult bed. The product may vary in lengths (for example, full, half, or partial rails, grab bar or handle or transfer post or pole).
Technical Method Installed against the side of a bed to provide a physical barrier and consisting of a physical bar for which the user may use to grab and balance while transferring into and out of bed.
Target Area For the body and hands
Regulation Medical Specialty Physical Medicine
Review Panel Physical Medicine
Product CodeQTC
Premarket Review Office of Neurological and Physical Medicine Devices (OHT5)
Neuromodulation and Rehabilitation Devices (DHT5B)
Submission Type 510(K) Exempt
Regulation Number 890.5050
Device Class 1
Total Product Life Cycle (TPLC) TPLC Product Code Report
GMP Exempt? No
Summary Malfunction
    Note: FDA has exempted almost all class I devices (with the exception of reserved devices) from the premarket notification requirement, including those devices that were exempted by final regulation published in the Federal Registers of December 7, 1994, and January 16, 1996. It is important to confirm the exempt status and any limitations that apply with 21 CFR Parts 862-892. Limitations of device exemptions are covered under 21 CFR XXX.9, where XXX refers to Parts 862-892.
If a manufacturer's device falls into a generic category of exempted class I devices as defined in 21 CFR Parts 862-892, a premarket notification application and fda clearance is not required before marketing the device in the U.S. however, these manufacturers are required to register their establishment. Please see the Device Registration and Listing website for additional information.
Implanted Device? No
Life-Sustain/Support Device? No
Recognized Consensus Standard
Third Party Review Not Third Party Eligible