Caregivers increasingly encounter persons of size in all clinical settings.
The need for bariatric patient care can occur in specialized bariatric units, such as Interventional Weight Loss Surgical Programs, or be integrated among general or critical care areas, including emergency departments, operating rooms, medical-surgical units, labor and delivery areas and long term care.
Care of bariatric patients presents challenges related to promotion of dignity, respect, and comfort. Patients’ medical conditions and physical limitations often limit their ability to function in such activities of daily living as hygiene, mobility, and positioning. How mobile the patient is will dictate the type and amount of assistance needed.
Adding more caregivers may not always control the risk of injury, and the use of SPH technology will be required to keep patients and caregivers safe and to promote quality of service.
Frequent Lifting & Handling Tasks
- Transfer to and from bed/chair, chair/toilet, or chair/chair.
- Lateral transfer to and from bed/stretcher/trolley.
- Reposition in bed: side to side, up in bed.
- Reposition in chair: wheelchair, chair or geriatric chair.
- Patient handling tasks requiring access to body parts (limb, abdominal mass, gluteal area).
- Transporting (stretcher).
- Assistance with wound and skin care.