§ 2800.203. Bedside rails.

 (a)  Bedside rails may not be used unless the resident can raise and lower the rails on his own. Bedside rails may not be used to keep a resident in bed. Use of any length rail longer than half the length of the bed is considered a restraint and is prohibited. Use of more than one rail on the same side of the bed is not permitted.

 (b)  Half-length rails are permitted only if the following conditions are met:

   (1)  The resident’s assessment or support plan, or both, addresses the medical symptoms necessitating the use of half-length rails and the health and safety protection necessary in order to safely use half-length rails.

   (2)  The residence has attempted to use less restrictive alternatives.

   (3)  The resident or legal representative consented to the use of half-length rails after the risk, benefits and alternatives were explained.

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