FDA's Hospital Bed Safety Workgroup
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in partnership with representatives from the medical bed industry, national health care organizations, patient advocacy groups (including Kendal Outreach), and other federal agencies (Health Care Finance Administration (HCFA); Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and the Veterans Administration), formed a work group in April of 1999 titled The Hospital Bed Safety Workgroup (HBSW). Its goal is to improve the safety of hospital beds for patients who are most vulnerable to the risk of side rail entrapment.
In March of 2006, the FDA released guidelines for use in assessing hospital bed systems. The guidelines represent a major step forward in significantly reducing, if not eliminating death and injury from entrapment. "Hospital Bed System Dimensional and Assessment Guidance to Reduce Entrapment" Read Press Release.
Kendal Outreach leads the effort to disseminate information from the work group and offers a number of resources to provide safe sleep environments in hospitals, nursing homes and residential home environments: