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(CTV News)   Rescue workers use jaws of life to free nursing home resident whose head became lodged in his bed, only for him to die days later. Fark: There have been dozens of such incidents reported   ( divider line
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5177 clicks; posted to Main » on 16 Nov 2012 at 2:57 AM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2012-11-16 03:37:57 AM  
4 votes:
OK, first of all: I'm quite sure that the actual entrapment in the bed was not in and of itself the "cause of death," in that being stuck in a bedrail was probably not sufficient to cause death.

HOWEVER, when one is 90 years old and in poor enough health that one is confined to a nursing home, ANY excessive trauma (such as being stuck in a bed rail sufficiently that a fire crew is needed to break out the jaws of life to extricate one from said bed rail) is probably enough shock to the system to result in his dying sooner rather than later. I mean, he could as easily have slipped going to the potty or fallen an extra two inches into his wheelchair and that extra shock might have done it. That wouldn't have "caused his death" either; but the additional shock to his aging body would have.

So the real questions here are: Why did a 90-year old man have bed rails that he could get stuck in, why wasn't he being watched closely enough that he couldn't be gotten free without having to call in a rescue squad, and how can this be prevented, since it seems to be happening more than once? Maybe, I dunno, frail elderly men shouldn't have bed "rails" at all, but panels that their heads (or arms or legs) can't get caught in regardless, or nurses who check on them more than every 15 minutes?
2012-11-16 03:43:03 AM  
2 votes:
I think I'm going to start carrying hemlock around for the time when I get so frail that a hospital bedrail can do me in.
/So I have a year or 2 left, right?
2012-11-16 03:10:23 AM  
2 votes:
When my dad was dying in a Kaiser hospital, I showed up to his room one time and found him halfway off his bed stuck in the side rail, and this was in their intensive care ward where there are more nurses around. I did some yelling that day.

/Kaiser. Best hospital for preventive medicine, the worst if you're terminal.
2012-11-16 05:32:03 AM  
1 vote:
This was a problem with kid's beds here for a while - lazy, cheap-ass designs that saved the manufacturer a few pennies a bed but killed kids. Gotta think of those shareholders, you know.

The law has tightened up the standards. You can even get convicted for selling a older non-compliant kid's bed or giving it away..even putting out in the trash that hasn't been broken up in case someone re-purposes it.

They obviously need to do the same for these beds in nursing homes.
2012-11-16 03:51:12 AM  
1 vote:

Mega Steve: the_chief: Every year, over six billion elderly patients die from the jaws of life.

It was created to save lives, but it got a taste of human blood. Coming this Winter to ScyFy,
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The Jaws of Death!

Dear GOD don't give them any more bad ideas!
2012-11-16 12:45:00 AM  
1 vote:
and hundreds if not thousands that go unreported every year.
Nursing homes suck and should be banned.
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