Provider fined after woman dies in bedrails incident

Posted on September 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Care homes have been warned over using the correct type of bedrails following the death of a resident of a Scottish care home.

Care company Littleinch was fined £3,500 for breaches of Health and Safety regulations during a hearing before Paisley Sheriff Court.

The court heard that dementia sufferer Jean Thomson, 70, choked to death on the rails during the night at the Littleinch Care Centre in Erskine.

Prosecutor Frank Clarke told the court that the wrong type of bed rails had been used. He said that the rails were only on one side of the bed, which had been pushed against a wall. This prevented the rails from being properly anchored and they had moved during the night, trapping Mrs Thomson.

Additionally it was stated that staff had not been adequately trained in the selection and fitting of bed rails. The prosecution emphasised the importance for care staff to use the correct rails and to be familiar with their installation.

In mitigation it was said that the company had previously en

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