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Bed rails, which might also be referred to as cot sides, side rails, side bars, grab bars or safety rails, are adjustable bars made of metal or rigid plastic components. They are attached to one or both sides of a medical bed and come in a variety of heights and lengths. Bed rails are sometimes used when there are concerns that a resident will fall out of bed. They may also be used to support residents when they adjust themselves in bed or get in and out of bed. Some residents may be afraid of falling out of bed and feel more secure with bed rails in place. However, bed rails are not necessarily safe and are considered a type of restrictive practice. Therefore, bed rails must only be used as a last resort where benefits outweigh the risks.