The safe use of ultra low beds


Source: National Reporting and Learning Service, National Patient Safety Agency

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Date of publication: 14 February 2011

Publication type: Signal

In a nutshell: This signal highlights potential risk factors associated with the use of ultra low beds based on incidents captured using the National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS) database.

Length of publication: 1 web page

Trial results of policy to introduce low-low beds to prevent falls


Source: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 2010, 58 (3) p. 435-441

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Date of publication: March, 2010

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Hospital based cluster RCT was undertaken to evaluate the efficacy of a policy to introduce low-low beds for the prevention of falls and fall injuries on wards that had not previously accessed low-low beds. Findings indicate that policy for the introduction of low-low beds does not appear to reduce falls or falls with injury, although larger studies would be required to determine their effect on fall-related fractures.

Length of publication: 7 pages

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Acknowledgement: CINAHL