Patient Entrapment Assessments

  1. Do any of you use an assessment to determine which patients could become entrapped in the bed rails? Would you be willing to share with me?

    My hospital is ordering bed rail pads and I am working with a group to develop a screening tool to determine which patients might need the pads to prevent entrapment in the bed rails.

    Any ideas/help/examples are appreciated.

    June55Baby!
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  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   VivaLasViejas
    You could try using your facility's fall risk assessment tool as a prototype. If you think about it, the vast majority of your fall risks are also going to be entrapment risks, e.g. patients whose LOC is altered for any reason--it's not just LOLs from the nursing home, but pts. going through detox, fresh post-ops, hx of seizures and so on; age <10 or >70 yrs.; anyone in restraints, etc.

    Hope this helps get you started.
  4. by   June55Baby
    mjlrn,
    Thanks for your input. We have a great Fall Risk Assessment Tool and have considered "tweaking" it for entrapment. Just hate to add more to overworked nursing staff... Hummm.....
    Glad to know we are on the right track!
    June55Baby

    P.S. Had a hyst.... best thing I ever did after childbearing days were over! ! ! !
  5. by   VivaLasViejas
    Glad to be of help. Yes, I feel the same way about my upcoming surgery.....For five years now I've put up with pelvic pain, irregular periods, and flooding so bad that I often go thru 2 super-plus tampons, an incontinence pad AND an Attends in half an hour. I am currently on the last period I will ever have (surgery is scheduled for 2/11) and can't wait to reclaim my life!

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