HomeCare Bed Safety

The health and safety of your loved ones is our top priority. That’s why we want to make sure you’re fully informed of the risks posed when beds, mattresses, or rails are used improperly. The proper installation, preventative maintenance, and understanding of the risks is crucial.

Bed Entrapment Risk

Zone 1 - Within the Rail

Any open space between the perimeters of the rail can present a risk of head entrapment. FDA recommended space: less than 43⁄4”

Zone 2 - Under the Rail, Between the Rail Supports or Next to a Single Rail Support

The gap under the rail, between the rail and mattress, may allow for dangerous head entrapment. FDA recommended space: less than 43⁄4"

Zone 3 - Between the Rail and the Mattress

This area is the space between the inside surface of the bed rail and the mattress, and if too big it can cause a risk of head entrapment. FDA recommended space: less than 43⁄4"

Zone 4 - Under the Rail at the Ends of the Rail

A gap between the mattress and the lowermost portion of the rail poses a risk of neck entrapment. FDA recommended space: less than 23⁄8"

Zone 5 - Between Split Bed Rails

When partial length head and split rails are used on the same side of the bed, the space between the rails may present a risk of either neck or chest entrapment. The FDA has not provided dimensional recommendations for this zone.

Zone 6 - Between the End of the Rail and the Side Edge of the Head or Foot Board

A gap between the end of the bed rail and the side edge of the headboard or footboard can present the risk of resident entrapment. The FDA has not provided dimensional recommendations for this zone.

Zone 7 - Between the Head or Foot Board and the End of the Mattress

When there is too large of a space between the inside surface of the headboard or footboard and the end of the mattress, the risk of head entrapment increases. The FDA has not provided dimensional recommendations for this zone.

Note: Currently, the FDA provides dimensional recommendations for zones 1-4, as 80% of reported entrapment cases have occurred in these zones.