Food and Drug Administration Informs Hospitals That New Crib Rule Does Not Pertain to Hospital Cribs

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is informing hospitals that the new changes to consumer crib standards that prohibit drop-side rail designs do not affect pediatric cribs used in hospitals for patient care.

The FDA regulates hospital cribs and they are considered to be medical devices. According to the FDA, cribs that have movable and latchable side and end rails are necessary for patient care in hospital settings. Additionally, according to the FDA, hospital cribs are made of more durable materials than consumer cribs and are used, maintained and monitored by professional staff who can address potential hazards before they occur.

Hospitals with questions about pediatric cribs should contact FDA’s Division of Small Manufacturers, International and Consumer Assistance at DSMICA@FDA.HHS.GOV or (800) 638-2041.

According to best practice, hospitals should ensure that cribs are used and maintained in accordance with manufacturer recommendations. Staff should receive training on the use of all cribs used in the facility to ensure that they know how to properly raise, lower and lock movable and latchable side rails.

According to best practice, you should ensure that:

  • Cribs are used and maintained in accordance with manufacturer recommendations.
  • Staff receives training on the use of all cribs used in the facility to ensure that they know how to properly raise, lower and secure movable and latchable side rails.
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