A Michigan nursing home has been cited by a state monitor after she found that the bed rails in several rooms were not properly installed, creating a safety hazard to residents.
Improperly installed bed rails have caused the deaths of several Michigan nursing home residents since 1999.
Bed rails are considered a form of restraint and shouldnto be used unless ordered by a physician. The danger with bed rails is that residents can become trapped in between their mattress and the bed rails, resulting in serious injuries.
Another concern with bed rails is that residents will try to climb over the top to get out of bed, leading to falls with serious injuries.