Bridging the gap in bariatric patient care
Treating and transporting a bariatric patient can require coordination with outside agencies, as well as specialized lifting and monitoring equipment. Bariatric patients have the right to expect professional and timely emergency care, with consideration given to their unique assessment challenges, and providers have the obligation to deliver such care without risking their own health.
Learn more in this EMS1 Special Coverage series, "Bridging the gap in bariatric patient care: Pathophysiology, assessment and transport solutions."
Lifting assistance: Carrying bariatric patients over the gap in today’s healthcare
Community paramedicine communication with patients, their family members and the local crews can eliminate obstacles and improve patient care for bariatric patients
How do you train to move, assess and treat bariatric patients: 3 training survey takeaways
EMS training gaps in lifting practices, medical measuring and monitoring, and providing compassionate care put patients and providers at risk
The tools and resources you need for bariatric response, transport
Use the right equipment and enlist extra personnel to help transport bariatric patients out of their homes and into the ambulance while keeping their safety top of mind
My lowest moment as a paramedic
I still regret a euphoric comment to my partner after lifting a morbidly obese patient