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Hospital Bed Rails

What are the advantages of having side rails on the bed?
  • Providing a place to fasten bed controls that is within easy reach of the person in bed.
  • Provide a place to hold on to when getting into or out of bed.
  • Side rails may allow a person in bed to help with repositioning (turning) themselves.
What are the dangers of having side rails on the bed?
  • Injury from a fall if a person climbs over the bed rail and falls. You may have a higher risk of injury than falling from the bed itself. The fall may be more awkward, causing more serious injury.
  • Injury if a part of the body gets caught between the bed rails, or the bed rails and the mattress.