The Bed Fall Mat Alarms are suitable for people who cannot walk and who may climb over Bed Rails and then fall next to the bed. If the person can walk a few steps, the Pelican Bed Alarms Item 444 for the Bed, Chair or Floor will be beneficial, as these may alert the Carers that the patient is getting out of bed.
It may help if the bed is placed next to the wall or if only one bed rail is raised, so the patient will then get out of bed on the side where the bed rail is removed. We recommend completely removing the bed rail, rather than simply lowering it. By leaving the rail in the lower position the patient may hurt themselves against the rail whilst falling.
The Bed Fall Mat Alarms have a single layer of dense foam. There is a high visibility tape along the edge on the Mat to help prevent any ‘Slips or Trips’ by both staff and residents. We supply a laminated warning card to inform staff that the Mat is in position. This can be displayed in a prominent place.
The Bed Fall Mat can plug into your nurse call system (provided it is compatible) or it can make a sound in the room or corridor via an alarm box. Sometimes the Alarm Box can be hung from a handrail or from a hook, so it is within reach for the staff to turn it ‘On’ or ‘Off’. When turning the volume control knob from low to high, the noise will vary from high pitched beeps, to a deeper clicking noise, and then to a loud siren.
Once the desired sound and volume has been established, do not re-adjust the volume control – only use the switch to turn On/Off. The Alarm Cord is 5 metres long. One or more Extension Cords, Item 444EC, 10 metres long, can be added to allow the Alarm to sound in the corridor or near the nurse station The staff should be told to go immediately to assist the patient when the Alarm sounds.
Do not turn the volume control down to ‘no noise’ as this will decrease the battery life. If more than one alarm is in use, it may be possible to have a different noise come from each alarm. If the patient’s name or room number is written on the alarm box, then the staff should be able to tell which alarm is sounding.
Caution: Handle with Care. Do not walk in high heel shoes, use walking sticks, walking frames or place other sharp or blunt objects on the Mat.