Bed handles to be installed on beds at home — designed to help the elderly and persons who are sick get in and out of bed — can be very dangerous. In fact, the handles have strangled people who unwittingly roll over in their sleep and become caught in the gap between the bed and the handles. Public Citizen began an investigation after getting a call from a woman whose mother was killed in that manner. It found that others had died in a similar manner.
Public Citizen sent a petition to the Food and Drug Administration on May 4th, urging the agency to recall all Bedside Assistant bed handles and ban the marketing of these devices. The consumer advocacy group asked the FDA to investigate the link between similar bed handles (also known as bed rail devices) made by other companies and the risk of life-threatening injury or death due to entrapment and subsequent strangulation or suffocation.
Bed handles — which are considered medical devices and are therefore regulated by the FDA — are used in patients’ homes and in nursing homes. But they are rarely used in hospital settings. Dr. Michael Carome, deputy director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, had this to say:
Contrary to the manufacturer’s claim that the Bedside Assistant bed handles make any bed a safer bed, data previously provided to the FDA demonstrate that these devices can turn a bed into a death trap for patients who are physically weak or have physical or mental impairments.
I believe this is an important consumer safety issue. It will be interesting to see how the FDA responds to Public Citizen’s petition.
Source: Public Citizen
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