You can use the Bed Rail Protectors on beds for confused patients. They attach to the inside of the rails.
The patients may be at risk of bed rail entrapment, or hurting themselves by hitting the bed rails or getting arms, legs, head, etc. stuck in the rails. The foam offers some protection if hit by the patient.
If the patient’s arm or leg goes over the top of the rail, the top of the Bed Rail Protector will fold over giving protection. This is an important safety feature.
This item may also be of interest if you are wondering how to stop patients falling out of bed.
We use a piece of foam with a cover to make this product. The material next to the person is a soft medical-grade vinyl material. Staff can wipe it clean for hygiene. The outside is a printed polycotton material. The material print changes depending on availability. We do try to keep the print as unisex as possible.
The Mediflextra material is a hospital-grade material. It is used to help with protection against urine, faeces, vomit, blood, etc. Remove the cover for washing if necessary. Wiping it clean is normally sufficient. The outside is made of strong polycotton material and has two Hook & Loop Tape straps to keep it in place on the bed rail.
Other products to consider are:
Item # 214S
This item comes as a set of two – one for each side of the bed.
Registered Design IP Right Number 201612141.
Cover: Wipe clean with a hospital grade disinfectant or wash up to 80°C (176°F). Air or tumble dry on a cool setting, ensuring the drum is cool. Ensure the product is dry before using or storing.
Foam: Hand wash foam squeezing out excess water. Handle with care when wet. Do not wring or tumble dry.
Warning: When bed rails are used, it is possible for people to be entrapped between the edge of the mattress and the bed rail. This may also happen if a Bed Rail Protector is being used. Entrapment can lead to death, so it is very important to do a risk assessment for the patient and regularly check that they do not manoeuvre themselves into a dangerous position. Please contact us for more information.
What if our bed rails are longer than 167cm / 65.5″?
If your bed rails are longer than 167cm / 65.5″, we can either quote you for making a custom-made product, or you can consider the Bed Rail Protector – Strap on. The difference is that the Bed Rail Protector – Strap on is completely covered in Mediflextra with no printed polycotton material. Because the Slip Over version has a printed polycotton material on the outside, they look a lot more homely than the Bed Rail Protector – Strap On.
Do the Bed Rail Protectors have to be removed to lower the rails?
We recommend removing the Bed Rail Protectors while the bed rails are down. Many facilities leave them on, so it depends on the type of bed rails you have. In America, where there are many split Bed Rails, they need to be removed completely.