CPSC announces recall of adult portable bed handles following patient deaths

by Jim Orr

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced the recall of about 113,000 adult portable bed handles that have been linked to the deaths of three women at assisted living facilities. According to the recall notice, portable handles made by Bed Handles Inc. lacked an important safety retention strap, which could place users at “a serious risk of entrapment, strangulation and death.”

According to the CPSC, the three women died after becoming trapped between the mattress on their bed and the portable bed handles. The agency said that when the handles are used without the safety retention strap, they can shift while attached to a bed, creating a gap between the mattress that could crush or strangle a patient.

The recalled bed handles were sold at home drugstores, medical equipment stores, and health care catalogs between 1994 and 2007. The products involved in the recall included the following models:

  • Original Bedside Assistant (mode BA10W)
  • Travel Handles (BA11W)
  • Adjustable Bedside Assistant (AJ1)

The CPSC has advised patients or health care facilities who are using one of the recalled adult portable bed handles to stop using the product immediately due to the risk of serious injury or death. Owners of one of the recalled bed handles can contact Bed Handles, Inc. for a free safety retention strap and instructions on how to install the product.

The CPSC said that this recall of the adult portable bed handles is reflective of the agency’s growing concern about the risk of injury to older Americans posed by accidents involving bed rails. The agency said that at least 174 deaths associated with bed rails occurred between 2003 and 2012, about 80% of which involved Americans over 60 years of age.

Help for Patients Injured by Defective Medical Products

Medical equipment such as the recalled adult portable bed handles were manufactured and sold with the purpose of improving the quality of life for elderly patients who rely on these devices. However, when these devices are manufactured without adequate safety features, accidents resulting in serious and potentially fatal injuries can occur.

The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson believe that when medical device manufacturers fail to properly ensure that their products are designed with basic safety requirements to protect patients, they should be held legally accountable for the injuries caused by their products. Our law firm has years of experience handing product liability lawsuits involving defective medical devices and other products, and has secured more than $200 million in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients—including more than $50 million in 2010 alone.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective health care device or other medical product, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit and receive compensation. For free legal consultation from an attorney about your case, contact the attorneys at Heygood, Orr & Pearson by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001, or by following the link to our free case evaluation form located on this website.

by Jim Orr

Jim Orr is a licensed attorney and a partner at HO&P focusing on business and personal injury litigation. Jim was selected multiple times to the Super Lawyers List and has tried 70+ cases to verdict.