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Vail Products Enclosed Bed Systems

Audience: Hospital and Extended Care Facility Administrators, Risk Managers, consumers

[Posted 12/04/2007] FDA provided final recommendations for users of Vail Enclosed Bed Systems that updates the Agency's 2005 Preliminary Public Health Notification. Users of the bed systems were warned that the bed poses a health risk because patients can become entrapped in them and suffocate. Because of the suffocation risk, FDA advises hospitals, nursing homes and consumers who have a Vail enclosed bed system to stop using it and move the patient to an alternate bed. Consumers who are using Vail beds at home should consult with their physicians about other options. See the Public Health Notification for safety precautions recommended by the manufacturer if continued use of the Vail bed is the only option.

[December 04, 2007 - Public Health Notification - FDA]