About the Course

This course ensures that participants can make individual decisions around the risks of using and of not using bed rails, and reduce harm to persons caused by falling from beds or becoming trapped in bed rails. The emphasis is on equipping staff to carry out risk assessments relating to the use of bed rails, and to consider acceptable alternative methods of risk reduction.

Course Duration

Half day (three hours).

Course Aim

To enable staff to recognise the positive and negative effects of the use of bedrails, and ensure adequate safety checks are undertaken when bedrails are in use. To enable relevant staff to carry out bedrail risk assessments and follow up checks.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course participants will;

  • Have knowledge of the benefits, risks and unethical use associated with bed rails
  • Be aware of acceptable alternative methods of risk reduction
  • Be familiar with the HSE guidance relating to bedrail safety
  • Be able to carry out risk assessments relating to the use of bed rails
  • Have knowledge of when bed rail bumpers should be used
  • Know who to consult about decisions on the use of bed rails
  • Be familiar with the required maintenance and monitoring of bed rail use

Course Content

  • Benefits, risks and unethical use of bed rails
  • Alternative methods of risk reduction
  • HSE guidance on bedrail safety
  • Risk assessment of bed rails
  • How to fit a bed rail
  • When to use bed rail bumpers
  • Who to consult about the use of bed rails
  • Maintenance and monitoring of bed rail use

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