Obesity is now recognised as a global epidemic¹. The correct equipment, education and facility design can allow caregivers to provide plus size patients with safe and dignified care without putting themselves at risk.
The population of patients with a Body Mass Index (BMI) classification of obese is growing globally1. Facilities have been ill equipped to handle larger patients which has caused a stigma in the level of healthcare service provided to plus size patients; heavier patients have been made to feel different thereby suffering indignities during their hospital visits.
We are focused on providing dignified care to plus size patients. We also strive to reduce caregiver injuries by providing a safe working environment. By partnering with facilities, ArjoHuntleigh can provide specialty protocols and guidelines to accommodate the needs of plus size patients.
- Facility Design – It is essential to provide proper space (for the patient, family visitors and caregivers) designed to support procedures and plus sized equipment. The ArjoHuntleigh Guidebook is a tool that may be utilised with facilities building new hospitals or remodelling existing hospitals. The key is to engage early with clients to design the best possible bariatric suite possible for all parties utilising the space.
- Specialist Equipment – ArjoHuntleigh provides a variety of specialised equipment designed specifically for the plus size patient. Product offerings vary by region. Most products support a safe working load (SWL) of patients up to 454 kg (1000 lb).
1. World Health Organisation (2000) Obesity: Preventing and managing the global epidemic [Online]
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We can provide you with additional information regarding the plus size population, bariatric equipments and bariatric facility architecture.