The Aged Care Complaints Scheme has just released an Industry feedback alert about the use of bed poles in aged care services. It can be found in the Industry toolkit.
The alert is based on the NSW Coroner’s findings into an inquest related to the use of bed poles in residential aged care homes. We encourage all approved providers to:
- read the report, which can be found online on the NSW Government Lawlink website
- make key personnel aware of the information in the report and this alert
- take action if appropriate.
The NSW Coroner’s report highlighted the following important considerations:
- Aged care services should not use KA524 bed poles due to unacceptable risk.
- Aged care services must have adequate staff to patient ratios overnight.
- Aged care staff must immediately check a resident for signs of life in an emergency situation, be competent in performing resuscitations and be aware of emergency care protocols.
In an alert on 8 July 2010 we recommended that when mobility aids such as bed poles are used:
- they are used appropriately following the assessment by an appropriate health professional
- placement of the mobility aids and the risks associated with use have been assessed and documented
- their use is frequently monitored.
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