Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Nursing Best Practice Guidelines

Minimizing Risk of Entrapment

  • Selecting a surface that has a transfer boarder as it may be less likely to compress as the client approaches the side of the surface;
  • Evaluating the use of bed rails – the client may be at less risk when these are not in place;
  • Implementing other devices, such as positioning wedges or a mattress cover with built in bolsters; and/or
  • Consulting with an occupational or physical therapist skilled in this area to complete a client assessment and make specific recommendations.