As a nursing home attorney for over 26 years, I have seen the dangers of bed rails. They give a false sense of security. They confuse and frustrate demented residents. Some vulnerable adults get stuck and asphyxiate while in bed. Finally, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled one dangerous bed rail. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare announced the recall of four different models of its Bed Assist Handle and Bed Assist Rail adult portable bed rails.
When attached to an adult’s bed, users can become entrapped within the bed rail or between the rail and the side of the mattress. This poses a serious entrapment hazard and risk of death by asphyxiation. CPSC urges consumers to report any related incidents to the agency at www.SaferProducts.gov.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled bed rails and contact Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare to receive a full refund. Contact Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare at 877-467-3099 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, or online at www.drivemedical.com and click on “Important Safety Information” at the top of the page or at: www.recallrtr.com/bedhandles.