Individualized Assessment and Intervention in Bilateral Siderail Use

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The use of bilateral siderails, similar to physical restraints, can be safely reduced by a comprehensive assessment process. This article presents an individualized assessment for evaluating siderail use to guide nurses in managing resident characteristics for falling out of bed and intervening for high-risk residents. The individualized assessment is consistent with federal resident assessment instrument requirements and includes risk factors specific to falls from bed.

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