According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year about 36 million older adults fall (2020). These falls result in 3 million emergency department visits and 32,000 deaths. In the past, organizations used side rails to help prevent falls. However, side rails pose several serious risks. This course discusses when to use side rails and how to use them safely. It also discusses other options to use in place of side rails. Understanding side rail safety helps you prevent falls and injuries.
This is not an accredited course for professional license renewal. Florida CNAs may use this inservice toward meeting their annual inservice requirement.
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Using Side Rails
What Are Side Rails?
Why Use Side Rails?
Meet Mr. Woodrow
Side Rail Reduction
Section 3: Conclusion
Annette Brownlee, BSN, RN is an SME Writer for the Post-Acute Care team. She has a Bachelor of Arts in advertising from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Northern Colorado. Annette has worked in skilled nursing and home health. Her most recent experience includes being a Staff Development Coordinator and Infection Preventionist.Disclosure: Annette Brownlee BSN, RN has no Relevant Financial or Non-Financial Relationship with ineligible companies to disclose.
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