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How to Reduce the Risk of Entrapment?

The FDA has issued guidelines for reducing the risk of bed entrapment, ôHospital Bed System Dimensional and Assessment Guidance to Reduce Entrapmentö. This guidance identifies potential entrapment areas and those body parts most at risk for entrapment; provides design criteria for manufacturers of new hospital beds; recommends test methods to assess the conformance of existing hospital bed systems; and answers.

The diagram below shows the seven bed system zones where there is potential for entrapment. The table below describes them.

Zone 1 Within the Rail Any open space within the perimeter of the rail presents risk of head entrapment.* Recommended space: less than 4 3/4".
Zone 2 Under the Rail, Between the Rail Supports, or Next to a Single Rail Support The gap under the rail and above the mattress presents risk of dangerous head entrapment.* Recommended space: less than 4 3/4".
Zone 3 Between the Rail and the Mattress The space between the inside surface of the rail and the mattress, if too large, presents risk of head entrapment.* Recommended space: less than 4 3/4".
Zone 4 Under the Rail at the Ends of the Rail The gap between the mattress and the lowermost portion of the rail presents risk of neck entrapment.* Recommended space: less than 2 3/8".
Zone 5 Between Split Bed Rails When partial-length head and foot side rails (split rails) are used on the same side of the bed, the space between the split rails presents risk of neck or chest entrapment.
Zone 6 Between the End of the Rail and the Side Edge of the Head or Foot Board The gap between the end of the bed rail and the side edge of the head or foot board presents risk of entrapment.
Zone 7 Between the Head or Foot Board and the End of the Mattress The space between the inside surface of the head or foot board and the end of the mattress presents risk of head entrapment.

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