Nursing Home Patient Found Trapped Between Bed Rails, Dies

A nursing home patient was found dead due to asphyxiation when he was trapped between the bed rails on his nursing home bed. The patient suffered from Alzheimers and was unable to mobilize himself away from the bed rails. The nursing home has since noted that the bed rails have been discontinued in response. 

An investigation by the department of health ensued after the patient was found dead in his bed. “Based on review of facility policy and documentation, clinical records and staff interview, it was determined that the facility failed to identify a hazard created by the use of side rails resulting in the death,” the report said. For more, read the story