Guidance

Bed rails: management and safe use

Guidance on managing and using bed rails safely.

Document

Safe use of bed rails

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Detail

This Medicines and Healthcare Products Regualtory Agency guidance is aimed at:

  • MHRA liaison officers (for onward distribution)
  • nurses in hospitals and the community
  • occupational therapists
  • physiotherapists
  • care home managers and staff
  • hospice managers and staff
  • carers in the community and care-at-home staff
  • community equipment stores (CES) and loan store managers
  • those responsible for purchasing beds and bed rails
  • maintenance staff
  • health and safety managers
  • risk managers

The main issues covered are:

*risk management * purchase * maintenance * legislation * adverse incidents