As Ontario continues to prioritize LTC inspections, more of our customers are getting “written up” for fall prevention and management issues – including bed entrapment risk (specifically, bed rails).
This has to do with the Long-Term Care Home Quality Inspection Program (LQIP), implemented by Ontario’s Ministry of Health. It mandates that all homes are to inspected at least once per year to ensure they comply with the regulations as set out in the Long-Term Care Homes Act.
The image below shows the 7 Zones of Entrapment on a hospital bed. These must be regularly audited to prevent critical safety issues that would show up in your next inspection report. (Which we have written about previously in Quality Inspections & Capital Equipment: What Inspectors Look for, and What Directors of Care Should Know.)
Why is Compliance Difficult?
Common reasons why facilities fail to comply include:
- Lack of understanding/awareness of rail compliance standards
- No one on staff is trained to properly perform audits
- Existing staff too busy with regular duties to audit all beds in every room (each audit requires 30-40 checkpoints!)
- Difficulty accessing resident rooms due to scheduling and health status of individual occupying beds
- Nowhere to store data resulting from an audit
- Staff turnover (trained team members have since left, leaving no one to audit beds)
- Difficulty reporting results to auditors
If you can relate to any of the above, did you know: you can hire a third party to perform your bed audits for you? Read on to learn how SFI Medical can help.
Need to Comply But Don’t Have the Staff?
If you don’t have the staffing or experience to handle your own bed audits (common when you have dozens or even hundreds of rooms), let our technical team handle the heavy lifting for you.
Many times our techs are in your facility on service calls anyway and are trained in proper bed audits according to regulatory guidelines.