Care staff who undertake bariatric patient care in clinics, hospitals and other medical facilities find that they increasingly encounter people of many different shapes and sizes. Bariatric patient care can take place in specialised bariatric units – or be integrated into general or critical care areas, including emergency departments, operating rooms, medical/surgical units, long-term care facilities, etc.
The care of bariatric patients presents particular challenges related to promotion of dignity, respect and comfort.
These patients’ medical conditions and physical limitations often limit their ability to function in essential day-to-day activities
such as hygiene, mobility and positioning. Each patient’s degree of mobility determines the type and amount of assistance needed.
The kinds of lifting and handling tasks frequently carried out in bariatric care:
1. GH3+ ceiling hoist, 250-350 kg
2. GH3 Twin ceiling hoist, 250 or 500 kg
3. Leg sling
4. Twin Turner
5. Repositioning sling – 500 kg