Hospital beds can trap patients between the rails and the mattress. Since 1985, more than 400 frail patients have become wedged in beds and died.

Self-defense: Check with the manufacturer to make sure that the bed meets current standards and that the parts fit together snugly. Read the Food and Drug Administration's safety recommendations at, or order the brochure “A Guide to Bed Safety" at 888-463-6332.

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