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Recall of Adult Bed Rails Issued After 3 Woman Die

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http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2014/05/20/bed-rail-recall-issued-after-reported-deaths/

After three deaths, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a voluntary recall of more than 100,000 portable adult bed rails. One woman who suffered from dementia and was, thus, prone to falling, used the bed rails to keep her safe. However, four months later the woman died when she was strangled by the bed rail that was supposed to protect her. Two other deaths, similar to this one, prompted the recall. The recall covers three different bed handles that are produced by Bed Handles, Inc. The rails, which were sold between 1994 and 2007, lack safety straps and can slip out of place resulting in a gap between the bed handle and the side of the mattress. The resulting gap poses a risk of entrapment, strangulation and death. Reportedly, there have been no less than 175 deaths over the past 10 years involving adult bed rails, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Moreover, according to the FDA, there have been more than 530 deaths from hospital bed rails over the past 20 years. Consumers who may be in possession of this product should cease use immediately and contact the company for free straps that will secure the bed handle to the bed frame.

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