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Bed rails are supposed to protect nursing-home patients from a fall, but a CBC I-Team investigation has turned up dozens of incidents involving bed rails at Winnipeg homes — most resulting in injury, but some linked to deaths.
In examining four years of records from Winnipeg nursing homes as part of its Questionable Care investigation, the I-Team found more than 200 incidents involving bed rails.
Three deaths were linked to their use, including the death of Nina Logan's mother's, Eileen Stratton, in 2004. Stratton, 84, suffocated after becoming trapped between her mattress and a bed rail at Golden West Centennial Lodge.