Bed rails, also known as side rails or cot sides, serve as a standard safety measure to reduce the risk of falls.
While they may not suit everyone, when used correctly with the appropriate bed for the right individual, bed rails can be practical.
- Bed rails assist patients in comfortably turning and adjusting their position in bed.
- They provide a secure grip for getting in and out of bed, reducing the risk of falls during movement.
- Patients feel a sense of comfort and security with bed rails.
- They also find it easier to access bed controls and personal items.
Healthcare providers should encourage open conversations with patients or their families who have questions about using bed rails.
Discuss the matter with the healthcare planning team to determine if bed rails are necessary.
Patients can rest assured that, in many cases, they can sleep safely without bed rails and explore other options.
Regularly evaluating the necessity of bed rails is essential to keep patients safe and comfortable. This cooperative and proactive approach helps make informed decisions about using bed rails.