Introduction to bed safety


This course provides an outline of issues to consider for occupational therapists and physiotherapists conducting bed assessments for clients in the disability sector. It highlights safety concerns and provides a guide for clinical reasoning. The course is also relevant to anyone working in the aged care and disability sectors.

Topics covered

  • Introduction to bed safety
  • Individual assessment
  • Assistive technology
  • Risk associated with the use of bed rolls.

Learning objectives

On completing this course, learners should be able to:

  • Recognise the dangers of injury resulting from entrapments in beds when conducting bed assessments
  • Identify the factors that need to be considered when conducting an individual assessment for a bed system
  • Research appropriate assistive technology to suit individual client needs
  • Identify the risks associated with the use of bed rolls
  • Access resources to assist in the identification of the different zones of entrapments in beds
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the different standards that govern bed safety
  • Understand the importance of documenting clinical reasoning when prescribing bed systems.

Business outcomes

Organisations implementing this course will:

  • Minimise the risk of exposure to prosecution
  • Protect company brand and reputation
  • Promote the importance of a safe work environment
  • Deliver comprehensive and cost-effective bed safety training for relevant workers.

Target audience

This course is designed to be delivered organisation-wide. It is specifically aimed at occupational therapists and physiotherapists working in the disability sector.


Approximately one hour.

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