Principles of Health and Social Care Essay

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Bed Safety Rails Policy and Procedures

NHS Swindon is the brand name for the organisation legally known as Swindon Primary Care Trust

Note: This document is electronically controlled. The master copy is maintained by the Clinical
Governance Department. If this document is printed it becomes uncontrolled.

Bed safety rails policy and procedures

Operational

Issue 3

Approved 12/07/2011

Expiry 11/07/2013

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Document Control
Purpose

Owner
Author

Applies to
Implementation date
Date of review
Expiry date
Link to Care Quality Commission
(CQC) Essential Standards of
Quality & Safety
Link to NHSLA Risk Standard(s)
Responsibility for implementation

To ensure that bed safety rails are used
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Use the Management of Falls and Bone Health Policy to identify other steps that should be taken to reduce the patient/client’s risk of falling not only from the bed, but also, for example, whilst walking, sitting and using the toilet.
Purpose
To ensure that bed safety rails are used safely and appropriately as part of the management and prevention of falls from bed.
The policy aims to:
 Highlight potential dangers associated with the use of safety rails
 Reinforce the need for full Risk Assessment and regular re-assessment of the suitability of the safety rails
 Highlight the importance of regular Bed Safety Rail maintenance
 Provide guidance for reducing the risk of patient/client entrapment.

Bed safety rails policy and procedures

Operational

Issue 3

Approved 12/07/2011

Expiry 11/07/2013

Page 5 of 27

Definitions
Bed Safety Rails

Integral

Third party

The term Bed Safety rails will be adopted although other names are often used such as bedside rails, cot sides, side rails, safety sides, bed guards.
These are incorporated into the bed design and supplied with it, or are offered as an optional accessory by the bed manufacturer, to be fitted later.
This type of rail is not specific to any particular model of bed. They are intended to fit a wide range of domestic, divan or metal-framed beds from different suppliers.

MHRA

Medicine and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority

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