Bed Safety Home
As the leading producer of bed systems and components (bed, mattress and rails) to the home and long-term care industries, Invacare strives to ensure individual safety. The importance of proper individual assessment, correct installation and the ongoing review and maintenance of the complete bed system should never be overlooked. With millions of bed systems in both home and long-term care environments, awareness of the potential for entrapment is vital.

Bed Rail Entrapment Awareness
Today there are about 2.5 million hospital and nursing home beds in use in the United States. Between 1985 and January 1, 2009, 803 incidents of individuals caught, trapped, entangled, or strangled in beds with rails were reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Of these reports, 480 people died, 138 had a nonfatal injury, and 185 were not injured because staff intervened. Most individuals were frail, elderly or confused.