High frequency of potential entrapment gaps in hospital beds

A report published in Age and Ageing calls for more care to be taken when using bedrails in hospitalsshutterstock_138827276

A survey of beds within a large teaching hospital in Ireland has shown than many of them did not comply with dimensional standards put in place to minimise the risk of entrapment. The report, published online in the journal Age and Ageing, therefore emphasises the need for careful selection of patients for whom bedrails are to be used, as well as the need for monitoring and maintenance of hospital bed systems.

Bedrails are commonly used as safety devices to prevent people falling from bed. However, although the risk for any individual is extremely low, people can and have become trapped or even strangled in almost all of the spaces that can exist between bedrails or between mattresses, rails, and head- or foot-boards. Continue reading

Appraisal and doctors in court

A conference report from the BGS Belfast Spring Meeting, by Liz Gill.

The afternoon then turned from patient care strategies to professional conduct with a session on governance and risk management. In her talk entitled, “High Court Avoidance”, Dr Angelique Mastihi from the Medical Protection Society listed reasons doctors might find themselves in court: for clinical negligence, to appeal against a medical practitioners tribunal decision such as a GMC suspension or sanctions or for a judicial review. This was where an individual or a group could ask the court to review the decisions and actions of a public body if they felt, for example, that there had been an unfair decision in tendering or, if they felt a certain type of treatment should be available on the NHS, or where a trust or a patient asked if a proposed treatment would be lawful if given or withheld. Continue reading