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Essential Medical Supply recalls adult portable bed rails

Users can become trapped within the bed rail

Endurance Hand Bed Rail
Photo source: CPSC
Essential Medical Supply of Orlando, Fla., is recalling about 272,000 Endurance Hand Bed Rails.

When the rail is 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 death involving an 86-year-old man at his home was reported in December 2012.

This recall involves 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 approximately 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 from October 2006, through December 2021, for between $36 and $98.

What to do

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled bed rails.

For consumers who own bed rails sold or imported on or after November 1, 2015, the company will provide a refund. The amount will be pro-rated based on the age of the bed rail. The company is not offering a remedy for older bed rails.

Consumers with bed rails sold between October 2006, and October 2015, should stop using the bed rails, disassemble them, and throw them away to prevent reuse.

Consumers may contact Essential Medical Supply toll-free at (888) 856-0111 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday, or online at essentialmedicalsupply.com. Consumers can click on “Important Safety Information” at the top of the company's webpage for more information.

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