Navigation Links
Portable bed rails aren't safe - Groups ask FTC to ban false advertising
Date:11/19/2012

Philadelphia, Pa. (November 19, 2012) Portable bed rails marketed to "make any bed safer" actually increase the risk of injury and death, according to an article in the November 15 issue of Biomedical Safety & Standards (BS&S). A newsletter for medical device safety professionals, BS&S is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

Two consumer watchdog groups have requested the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to order one manufacturer to stop making false advertising claims regarding the safety of its portable bed rail. A front-page feature in BS&S reports on the request and provides background on the safety concerns related to the use of such products.

Bed Rails Linked to DeathsRequest to Stop False Advertising

In September, two groups sent a formal letter to the FTC requesting that one manufacturer be stopped from making false safety claims for its portable bedrails. Last year, one of the groups petitioned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban marketing and order a recall of specific bed rail models; to assess the design and use of similar bed handle or bed rail devices; and to investigate the risk of life-threatening injury or death from entrapment, strangulation, or positional asphyxia and ban other devices as appropriate.

The request cites more than 525 deaths associated with bed rail use that have been filed with the FDA, along with more than 155 deaths reported to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). There are multiple "entrapment zones" with the use of a bed rail, each with a risk of causing death by asphyxiation. This entrapment risk can be a fundamental feature of the design of the rail openings or may arise from how the bed rail attaches to the bed.

Meanwhile, the manufacturer continues to make safety clams, such as that its product "makes any bed a safer bed." In the petitions, the FTC is asked to order the manufacturer to stop making these unproved safety claims. Other portable bed rails on the market present similar safety issues.

Previous CPSC standards addressing bed rails for children and toddlers have led to sharp reductions in injuries and deaths in young children. However, the standards don't apply to products intended for adultsespecially older adults, for whom falls are a common and potentially catastrophic event.

There's no evidence that side rails safely prevent falls, whereas other measuressuch as lowering the bed and using anti-slip mattingare effective. "A fall with a bed rail in place is more dangerous than a fall without a rail, because of the change in trajectory of the fall," according to the article in BS&S.

Although hundreds of deaths have been reported, it is likely that the true number of incidents is substantially higher. Home users and even some health care professionals may be unaware that such events should be reported to the FDA or CPSC. (Or if they are aware, they may not be motivated to report.) The BS&S feature article concludes, "Given portable bed rails are often sold directly to consumers and through medical supply stores, consumer groups think the CPSC and the FDA, both of which have been petitioned for rulemaking repeatedly in these matters, should be taking action to regulate, force recalls, and effectively ban marketing and sales of the dangerous devices.


'/>"/>
Contact: Connie Hughes
Connie.Hughes@wolterskluwer.com
646-674-6348
Wolters Kluwer Health
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Fear of the dentist is passed on to children by their parents
2. Smoking parents often expose children to tobacco smoke in their cars
3. Parents Social Anxiety May Raise Kids Risk for Anxiety Disorder
4. Trickle-down anxiety: Study examines parental behaviors that create anxious children
5. Attention, parents: UC research reveals a secret about your medicine cabinet
6. Foster Kids Adopted by Same-Sex Parents Make Big Gains, Study Says
7. Staying Home With Sick Kids Causes Job Worries for Parents: Survey
8. Parents of babies with sickle cell trait are less likely to receive genetic counseling, study says
9. Review: Altruisms influence on parental decision to vaccinate children is unclear
10. Childrens health, access to care differ by parents immigrant status
11. Parents skin cancer concern doesnt keep kids inside
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/22/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Phytocéane invites clients to take an exotic journey deep into ... ZANZIBAR MILKY CREAM. Inspired by the beauty of Zanzibar, a Tanzanian archipelago off the ... vegetal coral to create this gentle, velvety body cream to envelop the skin in ...
(Date:1/22/2017)... ... ... "Photo Cloud allows FCPX users to add favorited photos to any drop ... Christina Austin - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. , To begin, select a ... include scenes with one, three, four or five focus points. There are five included ...
(Date:1/21/2017)... ... January 21, 2017 , ... Caronlab Australia, an Australian company ... ECRM Trade Show in Hilton Head, SC, where it benefited from outstanding meetings with ... of its beauty and wellness products. At this trade show, the company had the ...
(Date:1/21/2017)... ... 2017 , ... "ProDOF is the perfect set of tools for video editors that want to ... said Christina Austin - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. , Video editors using ProDOF ... of a DSLR racking focus from one area into the next. ProDOF comes with ...
(Date:1/21/2017)... FRANCE (PRWEB) , ... January 21, 2017 , ... ... the Indian Ocean, isolated from the rest of the world with ZANZIBAR SHOWER GEL. ... Africa, Phytocéane used key ingredients, Virgin Coconut Oil and moisturizing vegetal coral to create ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/23/2017)... -- The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) is excited about ... Underserved Areas Enhancement Act (H.R. 592) in ... previously introduced in the 114 th session of ... pharmacists and their patient care services. Sponsors ... (R-KY), G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), Tom Reed ...
(Date:1/23/2017)... Ahead of today,s trading session, Stock-Callers.com draws investors, attention ... the close: Kite Pharma Inc. (NASDAQ: KITE ), BioPharmX ... Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: REGN ). According to a ... January 20 th , 2017, down on the day by about ... now at: ...
(Date:1/23/2017)... WELLESLEY, Massachusetts , January 23, 2017 Longer ... solid growth in the global market for medical device technologies. BCC ... particularly in the Asia-Pacific region, should see strong ... coverage, and rising disposable incomes. Continue Reading ... ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: