The Georgia Hospital Association honored Louis Smith Hospital with the Quality and Patient Safety Award.
Using an FDA approved bed rail kit, engineers tested the 87 beds donated from a larger hospital and inserted rods in the side rails to make them safe for patients.
"The gaps that were in the side rails and the relationship between the side rails and the mattresses allowed a body part-- either a head or neck or extremity--to get entrapped in the side rails," said Bill Wilson, the quality risk manager with Louis Smith Hospital.
The cost to modify Louis Smith Hospital's 87 used beds was $3,480.
Saving the hospital between $435,000 and $870,000 had it purchased new ones.
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