P_CS_19 Safe Use of Bedrails in the Community

All Lincolnshire agencies will take reasonable steps to ensure the safety and independence of its patients and respect the rights of people to make their own decisions about their care. It is accepted that bedrails may be required to ensure a person's safety and that they may also present additional risks which must be considered in the patient's care pathway.

Bed rails are also known as safety sides or cot sides and should only be used to prevent or reduce the risk of a person slipping, sliding, falling or rolling out of a bed. There are many different types, designs and sizes of bed rails as well as a wide range of beds mattresses and accessories in use. These combinations together with the person's specific needs require a comprehensive risk assessment to be carried out before the bed rails are prescribed.

This policy should be read in conjunction with the organisational policies/procedures for:

  • Falls Prevention
  • Bed provision and Assessment Procedures
  • Moving and Handling policies
  • Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
  • Decontamination/Infection Prevention and Control


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