Can anyone tell me where to find any regulations that apply in the pediatric units for crib safety? Is there a federal law that cribs must have a top if the child can stand up? Is there a site that I can go to with lists of regulations which spell out specifics?
For example, I know the space between rails, space from mattress to rails, welds etc are specified for HOME cribs by the Consumer Products Commission. What applies to the hospital?
It would really help if you know where to get this information.
Apr 26, '02
I don't know where to find the regulations. I do know there is no federal regulation for tops (or at least if there is, we have been in violation for 80+ yrs
). I don't know about the other regulations. It seems the rails in the hospital are closer than the CPC regulated ones on my child's crib at home. The rails also seem more snug against the mattress than the home ones. I don't know if this is d/t regulation or difference in manufacturing. The newer cribs we have have no space at the head and foot and have wrap around (oval) railing. This leaves no space between mattress and rails at any point.
You may want to check with Risk Management at some hospitals. They may be able to advise you on where to find regulations.
May 18, '02
Thanks, Nurse4Kids. I enjoy reading your posts. Thank you for your help. I'm amazed no one else has any suggestions. Surely someone has had a regulatory agency tell them something along these lines.
Help would be great.