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Adult portable bed rails sold by Essential Medical Supply are being recalled after one entrapment death

Bed Rails Adult Portable Recalled Due to Entrapment and Death ReportedEssential Medical Supply is recalling about 272,000 adult portable bed rails.

When attached to an adult’s bed, users can become entrapped within the bed rail or between the rail and the side of the mattress. This poses a serious entrapment hazard and risk of death by asphyxiation.

One entrapment death has been reported involving the Endurance Hand Bed Rail, model P1410. The death occurred in December 2012 and involved an 86-year-old man at his home in California.

This recall involves four models of the company’s Endurance Hand Bed Rails: the Hand Bed Rail, model P1410; Hand Bed Rail with Pouch, model P1410-P; Hand Bed Rail with Floor Support, model P1411; and Hand Bed Rail with Floor Support with Pouch, model P1411-P.

The name “Essential Medical Supply, Inc.” and the model number are printed on a label located on the grip handle of the bed rails.

The rails are made of either chrome or white metal tubing and include black padding on the grip handle and under-bed frame. They measure 17-inches to 21-inches high by 20-inches wide.

The bed rails were sold at medical supply stores nationwide and online at www.amazon.com and www.walmart.com. The bed rails were sold from October 2006 through December 2021 for between $36 and $98.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled bed rails, the company and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission advise. For consumers who own bed rails sold or imported on or after November 1, 2015, Essential Medical Supply Inc., will provide a refund. The amount of the refund will be pro-rated based on the age of the bed rail.

The company isn’t offering a remedy for older bed rails. Consumers with older bed rails sold between October 2006 and October 2015 should stop use, disassemble, and dispose of the bed rails to prevent reuse.

For more information, call Essential Medical Supply at 888-856-0111 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, visit essentialmedicalsupply.com and click on “Important Safety Notice” at the top of the page, or visit https://essentialmedicalsupply.com/products/recalls.

For details on other recalls, see www.recalls.gov.

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