Bed-related Entrapment and Fall Report Form

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Date: 2008-03-17

Historically, incident reports for patient entrapments do not provide authorities with sufficient detail to allow a full assessment of the incident and a determination of whether any standards or guidelines that the bed conforms to are adequate.

This is where the reporter can play a very important role. For any entrapment incidents, please use this form to record important information, whether these incidents result in injuries or not. Please provide a copy of this form to the Health Products and Food Branch Inspectorate:

250 Lanark Avenue, 3rd Floor
Address Locator: 2003D
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0K9
Tel: The Inspectorate Hotline 1-800-267-9675
Fax: (613) 954-0941

As well, a copy of the form may be provided to the manufacturer to allow them to use this information to investigate the incident and improve their bed designs where applicable.

The purpose of the form is to report Entrapment incidents. The form can also be used to record falls data, but unless the fall resulted from a failure of components of the bed (i.e. side rail latch), fall data need not be communicated to Health Canada. In this context, please ensure that at a minimum, the following section be completed

An entrapment is defined as a patient being caught, trapped or entangled in the spaces in or about the bed rail, mattress or hospital bed frame.

A bed-related fall is defined as a fall that occurs from bed when a patient is getting out of bed, into bed or when a patient accidentally falls from the bed to the floor.

Date of incident: Day / Month / Year

Time of incident: (24 hour clock)

1. Facility:

2. Unit:

3. Room/Bed Number:

4. Bed Barcode number:

5. Bed Make:

6. Bed Model:

7. Patient Name:


Patient Identifier:

(This information is optional but would help in further investigation by the authorities)

8. Patient Age: (in years)

9. Mental Status at time of incidence:

  • Alert & Oriented
  • Mildly Confused
  • Severely Confused
  • Comatose/Vegetative State
  • Baseline Intellectual Disability

10. Does patient have a seizure or movement disorder?

  • Yes
  • No

11. Gender:

  • Male
  • Female

12. Height:

13. Weight:

14. Patient's admitting diagnosis:

15. Date of admission: Day / Month / Year

16. Description of Incident, including events leading up to the incident:

17. Type of incident: Entrapment, Bed-related fall

18. Was the patient injured?

  • Yes
  • No

If yes, describe condition:

19. What treatment was provided?

  • None
  • First Aid
  • Medical/Surgical
  • Intervention
  • Other

20. Was the incident reported?

  • Yes
  • No

21. Would this incident have normally been reported?

  • Yes
  • No

22. What was the patient's level of mobility at time of incident?

  • Up ad lib
  • Ambulate with Assistance
  • Ambulate with walker
  • Wheelchair chair bound
  • Bed bound Missing limbs

23. What was the patient's communication ability at time of incident?

  • Verbal
  • Nonverbal only
  • Sign language
  • Foreign language

24. Accessories and Treatments in Use

  • Rail bumper wedges
  • Rail pads
  • Rail covers
  • Entrapment shields
  • "Stuffer pads"
  • Bed rail extenders
  • Bed rail inserts
  • Positioning monitors
  • Bed exit alarm
  • Raised perimeter mattress
  • Positioning aid
  • Net enclosure
  • Nasal oxygen
  • IVs
  • Overbed table
  • Other

25. If an entrapment event occurred, indicate the location of entrapment by circling the appropriate Zone number.

Potential Entrapment (Zones 1, 2, 3 and 4 are the only zones assessed.)

Zone 1 - Entrapment within rail. Zone 2 - Entrapment between top of compressed mattress to bottom of rail, between rail and supports. Zone 3 - Entrapment in horizontal space between rail and mattress. Zone 4 - Entrapment between top of compressed mattress and bottom of rail at end of rail.

Zones 5, 6 and 7 are not measured zones. These are shown here only for reference for future reporting of entrapment incidents.

Zone 5 - Entrapment between split rails. Zone 6 - Entrapment between rail end and edge of head/foot board. Zone 7 - Entrapment between head or foot board and mattress.

26. What body part was entrapped?

  • Neck
  • Head
  • Chest
  • Other

27. What was the size of the body part that was entrapped?

  • Neck diameter
  • Head breadth (width), ear to ear
  • Chest depth (thickness)
  • Other:

28. Was patient in restraints?

  • Yes
  • No

If yes, indicate type. Check all that apply.

  • Vest/chest
  • Wrist soft--bilateral
  • Ankle soft--bilateral
  • Mitt--bilateral
  • Pelvic/crotch
  • Wrist soft--one
  • Ankle soft--one side
  • Mitt--one
  • Combination chest/pelvic
  • Wrist leather--bilateral
  • Ankle leather--bilateral
  • Other
  • Waist/Belt/roll belt
  • Wrist leather--one
  • Ankle leather--one side

29. Circle the appropriate diagram on the next page that best indicates the Rail Configuration on the bed involved in the entrapment.

Also show where the entrapment occurred (drawing complete body is best).

Other, describe

Measure and report the size of the gap where the entrapment took place:

The image displays the full-length rail; quarter-length rail; three-quarter-length rail; split rail configuration; half-length rail; atomatic split rail configuration; in relation to the headboard.

30. Were bed rails:

  • All up
  • All down
  • 1 up (Patient's Left, Patient's Right)
  • Top half up (Patient's Left, Patient's Right)
  • Bottom half up (Patient's Left, Patient's Right)

31. Were the bed rails those recommended by the manufacturer?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don't Know

32. What was the upper bed deck articulation?

  • Flat
  • 46 to 89 degrees
  • 15 to 30 degrees
  • 90 degrees
  • 31 to 45 degrees

33. What was the lower deck articulation?

  • Flat
  • 46 to 89 degrees
  • 15 to 30 degrees
  • 90 degrees
  • 31 to 45 degrees

34. Type of Mattress

  • Standard (Foam)
  • Other, specify
  • Water-filled
  • Air-filled

35. Mattress size:

As stated on label or other documentation:

  • length
  • width
  • depth

As measured with measuring tape, no compression:

  • length
  • width
  • depth

36. Mattress age (or production date)

37. Mattress condition (i.e. soft, firm, worn, torn, etc)

38. Was the mattress one of those recommended by the manufacturer?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don't Know

39. Was this bed assessed as per the Health Canada guidance on beds and if so what was the result?

40. Did this bed meet the IEC 60601-2-52 international standard for medical beds?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don't Know

41. Reporter contact information:

  • Name:
  • Facility Name:
  • Facility Address:
  • Phone number:
  • Fax Number:
  • Email:

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