I'm sure this is a topic that has been brought up before however, I was just curious how different facilities around the country are dealing with the changing regulations on siderail usage.
Here in Washington we have had two deaths in the past year due to siderails and it has become a very hot topic for surveyors. Siderails are no longer viewed as a "restraint" issue. It is now a safety issue.
What is the policy and procedure in your facility for siderails? What kind of beds or adaptive eqiptment are you using in lieu of siderails?
Just curious. thanks in advance for your responses.