Healthcare providers should provide a safe sleeping environment for patients. In regard to entrapment, the HBSW information can help providers determine and mitigate bed system entrapment risks for patients.
As published in the FDA Hospital Bed System Dimensional Guidance and Assessment Guidance to Reduce Entrapment, “Not all patients are at risk for an entrapment, and not all hospital beds pose a risk of entrapment. We suggest that facilities … determine the level of risk for entrapment and take steps to mitigate the risk. Evaluating the dimensional limits of the gaps in hospital beds is one component of an overall assessment and mitigation strategy to reduce entrapment. As a result, healthcare facilities may use this guidance as part of a bed safety program to help identify entrapment risks that may exist with current hospital bed systems.”