Bed safety rails, meant to protect the elderly and frail, instead can kill

Bed safety rails, meant to protect the elderly and frail, instead can kill

Gloria Black holds a photograph of her mother, Clara Marshall, pictured with her father, while sitting in her home in Portland, Oregon, October 2, 2013. Black also holds the bed rail that was on her mother’s bed at the time of her mother’s death. The coroner’s report states that her mother rolled over compressing her neck on the rail at the time of her death. Thousands of elderly people have died or been injured after becoming trapped in the safety rails installed to keep them from falling out of bed, but the government and industry have yet to impose mandatory – or even voluntary – standards for the product. Andrea J. Wright / For McClatchy-Tribune
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Hands Across the Bridge

Rick Graff of Milwaukie, right, and Duane Vasquez of Beaverton, left, greet each other as they join thousands of people at the 10th annual Hands Across the Bridge celebration to cross the Interstate 5 bridge between Oregon and Washington. Participants gatherĀ  in honor of living a clean and sober life on Monday, September 5, 2011. Andrea J. Wright / The Wright Pictures Visit: http://www.safetyandjustice.org and http://www.handsacrossthebridge.org


Partnership for Safety and Justice Lobby at State Capitol

Partnership for Safety and Justice at State Capitol

Partnership for Safety and Justice employees and volunteers meet with Senator Chip Shields at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem, Oregon on April 18, 2011. Andrea J. Wright / The Wright Pictures Visit: http://www.safetyandjustice.org

How a veteran reporter lost her job and found her calling helping animals

Ketzel Levine, with Zoe Mae and Starlet, celebrates her new advocacy role on August 2, 2010. Andrea J. Wright/The Wright Pictures/For The Humane Society of the United States Visit: http://www.humanesociety.org/news/magazines/2010/09-10/an_unfolding_storyline.html Freelance Professional Photographer Andrea J. Wright: http://www.thewrightpictures.com Photographs for sale: http://pa.photoshelter.com/c/thewrightpictures

Operation Helping Hands

Carson Kelso, 10, of Vancouver, delivers lunches and blankets to homeless people on West Burnside Street in Portland, Oregon on December 19, 2009. Andrea J. Wright / For The Columbian Visit: http://tiny.cc/54zMQ Freelance Professional Photographer Andrea J. Wright: http://www.thewrightpictures.com View and buy photographs: http://pa.photoshelter.com/c/thewrightpictures

Carrot Harvest For The Clark County Food Bank

Carrot Harvest For The Clark County Food Bank

Brilan Rohan, 5, of Vancouver, from left, Justin Flintoff, 9, of Vancouver, and Luke Pipkin, 10, of Camas harvest carrots at the Washington State University Vancouver Research and Extension Unit for the Clark County Food Bank in Vancouver, Washington on September 13, 2009. Andrea J. Wright / For The Columbian Visit: http://www.columbian.com Freelance Professional Photographer Andrea J. Wright: http://www.thewrightpictures.com Buy Photographs: http://pa.photoshelter.com/c/thewrightpictures

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