When working in hospices or home care for invalid patients, all caution should be taken that the patient is safe. One of the commonest things that happen with these patients is that they either fall in their sleep or are feeling too much contained in the bed space that they end up falling as they wander away. This especially happens in the morning. So getting a bed rail for these people is of extreme importance.
Advantages of bed rails in hospital bed
Bed rails help prevent patient from falls. Dementia patients love wandering away all the time. So they will wake up and want to go away. As they do so, they might end up falling from the bed to the hard floor causing injuries and this could lead to more time in bed than you had thought it would take them.
Bed railings for seniors prevent wandering away. Picture this: you have a patient who wants to go away from you. Maybe they are having mental problems and they feel entrapped or caged with you. So they are looking for a way out. With rails, they are able to be withheld temporarily before you come and see to it that they do not leave the house.
Rails create independence in toddler who are just leaving the cot and starting to sleep in an adult bed. With the rails, they will not fall and still enjoy the comfort of a bed.
Disadvantages of bed rails
They might lead to entrapment. A condition where when the patient gets entrapped either between the rail spaces or split rails as they try to stand. Entrapment can even cause death or heavy injuries.
At the same time, bed rails especially when they are metallic and bare can cause injuries to seizure patients who are having head tremors. As they get the seizure fits, they will tremble hitting their heads and body parts against the rails and become injured.