Latest Blogs

By Brian Lindahl, 09/24/2020
As senior living providers prepare for approaching renewal periods, we wanted to provide an update on our view of the changing marketplace. This will aid you and your team in determining your risk tolerance appetite and preparing your budgets for potential increased costs and decreased coverage. Unfortunately,...

By Brian Lindahl, 09/15/2020
As an insurance and risk management partner to hundreds of assisted living communities across the country, we would like to extend an extra special “Thank You” to our assisted living clients for providing essential care and services to those in need. In appreciation of all that you and your team...

By Kristy Dickens, 08/17/2020
Often, when a facility receives a request for a copy of a resident’s medical records, complying with that request is a fairly straightforward process. Other times, balancing the requirements set forth by HIPAA (and complementary state regulations) with an individual’s rights to access and/or receive...

By Mark Holt, 08/03/2020
N-95 masks have been the subject of increased focus by OSHA. These masks were originally designed for industrial use in sectors such as mining, construction, painting and manufacturing. Designed to filter out airborne particulates, they have a logical place in the healthcare setting to control airborne diseases...

Growing rates of healthcare workers are experiencing physical and psychological injury as a result of workplace violence related to resident care. A staggering 95% of healthcare workers have reported exposure to aggression. However, research has found that workplace violence is underreported, signifying that...

By Peggy Morrison, 07/01/2020
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, CMS has established a COVID-19 Focused Survey for Nursing Homes with the expectation that all nursing homes are inspected to ensure appropriate infection control practices are in place to prevent the spread and transmission of COVID-19. According to Quality Certification &...

By Cathy Knopf BSN, RN, 06/17/2020
After many months of closure, the nation is beginning to open. With this in mind, the Director of Quality, Safety and Oversight Group for CMS Center for Clinical Standards and Quality issued a memo providing recommendations for state and local officials to utilize while determining the level of mitigation needed...

Response to the novel coronavirus has increased demand for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during a time when supply chain interruptions are occurring across the nation, affecting both acute and senior living healthcare providers. As the number of persons infected with COVID-19 has continued to rise, and as...

By Cathy Knopf, 05/26/2020
The 2020 monthly webinars focus on best practice approaches, regulatory updates, operational and risk management techniques to help senior living communities better care for their residents and staff while protecting their business. We invite you to join our specialists at these upcoming exclusive...

By Ashley Johnson, Lisa Salter, 05/18/2020
While COVID-19 continues to impact our economy, business income coverage, sometimes referred to as business interruption coverage, has become a widely popular topic in the insurance industry. As many business owners struggle to keep their businesses afloat, several questions have emerged on how insurance policies...

Protecting Residents Against Bed Rail Entrapment

The use of bed rails creates both a resident liability and regulatory risk for nursing homes. Steps to take to mitigate injury/death or citations include the following:

  • Assess residents for physical or mental conditions that place them at greater risk for entrapment
  • Identify other risk factors predisposing residents to entrapment
  • Obtain a physician order
  • Proof of medical symptoms being treated
  • Proof the device is the least restrictive and/or the rationale as to why it is the least restrictive if no other device was trialed
  • Attempts at reduction and/or rationale why reduction has not been attempted
  • Risk/benefit analysis including the specific risks related to the resident’s condition
  • Informed consent signed by the resident or legal representative
  • A care plan addressing use and risk reduction interventions
  • Survey the major bedside danger areas
  • Check beds whenever they show wear
  • Retro-fit only with compatible pieces
  • Utilize protective barriers
  • Adhere to universal bed-safety principles

Our clinical team, RMS is available to assist in reviewing current practices and offering recommendation to mitigate potential areas of risk. For more information, visit AssuredPartners Senior Living.

Sources: Evolucent and C.N.A.