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The challenge

Remap is often asked to make or modify bed rails.  A recent report by the Coventry Safeguarding Adults Board into a fatal accident ( ) is a reminder of the the potential risk of entrapment and asphyxiation of people in beds fitted with side rails.

The MHRA has produced a device bulletin on the issue, Safe Use of Bed Rails – DB 2006(06) , and a copy can be downloaded from .  Anyone tasked with working on a bed rail or bed grab handle project should familiarise themselves with this bulletin.