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New scrutiny of nursing home, hospital patients' bed rail deaths

Bed rails used in hospitals and nursing homes might at first blush seem the most innocuous of things and, when mentioned in the context of safety, deemed to be tools of the trade that enhance safety outcomes. The devices enable patients to more easily pull themselves out of bed and prevent incidents of patients falling out of beds. Through the use of safety straps, they also allow for temporary restraint of some patients -- for example, those still groggy following surgery -- who might otherwise attempt to get mobile too quickly.