I have used them in peds. They really only work for people who have nothing much attached to them. Dealing w iv tubing, feed tubing, monitor cables is a big hassle for staff and I almost need a sitter in the room anyway to keep them tangle free. For people who are all over the bed and a free from cables, etc they are great.
I have used them in peds often. We call them vail beds. I agree that if they have iv tubing or wires for monitors it can be a hassle but they work very well.
They protect the patient from falling out of bed but give them the freedom of moving around in bed. At the hospital where I work they are considered a restraint however.
I've only seen this used once, but it was years ago. The adult patient was involved in a mva. Suffered brain/neurologic injuries. All I remember was the patient did have freedom to move around within it without falling out of the bed.
We use them on our rehab unit for brain damaged patients. My only complaint is that once you unzip you have to find a place to to put the unzipped side. I usually just toss it over the top but wish they had a hook or something so I was certain it would stay put while I am providing care.
I am usually just there with the patient for a short while to provide IV care but I imagine that as a secondary benefit it is is huge stress reducer and time saver for the nurse The patient literally cannot climb out of bed and fall or escape.
We call these net beds. I work on a peds unit, and we use them often for escape artists and wanderers (where it's simply NOT safe for them to be up and about). However, these *ARE* considered restraints (non-violent) and as a result they require a crap load of documentation. But they are definitely effective in keeping kids where they should be! They are not helpful if you have a kid who pulls at lines, etc. But to keep a kid safe from falling? They are effective.
They have little pockets through them for the lines and cables.