In addition to this guidance, the HBSW has worked with the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC, www.iec.ch), which is also promulgating a new standard that will largely parallel our guidance, and this will further set the standards for bed safety for the general population.
They can also consult the material issued by the HBSW for additional suggestions.
Using the HBSW's recommendations, facilities are encouraged to use a risk-based approach to assess their residents and patients to evaluate beds currently in use and to use the FDA dimensional limits as a guide in purchasing new beds.
Braun: Can we expect additional resources from the HBSW in the near future?
HBSW plans to continue its work now that the FDA's guidance is available.
We also will consider available information from other HBSW members.
His involvement with the HBSW was critical in creating the recommendations concerning hospital bed dimensional criteria submitted for consideration as an FDA guidance document.
Bruley, along with other HBSW members, also was instrumental in developing a bed system measurement kit containing special testing tools and risk-assessment documents.
The HBSW Clinical Guidance for Assessment and Implementation of Bed Rails in Hospitals, Long Term Care Facilities and Home Care Settings provides assessment guidance, (Available at: www.ute.kendal.org/learning/documents/clinicalguidance_siderails.pdf.)