Survey: How do you train to move, assess and treat bariatric patients?

Please take a couple moments to answer these multiple-choice questions, which will help us capture how your agency is staying up to date on training for EMS treatment of bariatric patients


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By EMS1 Staff 

Bariatrics is the practice of providing healthcare for those with extreme obesity. Obesity is determined by calculating the distribution of weight throughout the body, in the Body Mass Index (BMI). The World Health Organization describes obesity as those with a BMI over 30, and severe obesity as a BMI over 40.

A study in The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing referenced a definition for bariatric patients as those who are overweight by more than 100-200 points, or a body weight greater than 300 pounds, noting staff often activate bariatric protocols when a patient’s weight exceeds 350 pounds.

EMS providers are increasingly challenged to provide care for bariatric patients, and a comprehensive approach is necessary to avoid harming patients or the providers. (Photo/in.gov)
EMS providers are increasingly challenged to provide care for bariatric patients, and a comprehensive approach is necessary to avoid harming patients or the providers. (Photo/in.gov)

EMS providers are increasingly challenged to provide care for bariatric patients, and a comprehensive approach is necessary to avoid harming patients or the providers.

EMS agencies need to serve bariatric patients with the right equipment and processes, using effective, patient- and provider-safe principles and delivery. 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.

How are you equipped and trained for moving, assessing and treating bariatric patients?

Please take a couple of moments to answer the 15 survey questions below, which will help us capture how your agency is staying up to date on bariatric patient training. We’ll use your answers to guide our coverage and provide the resources you need for assessing, treating and transporting bariatric patients.

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