September 10, 2019 | View as webpage
Dear EMS1 Member,

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.

In an EMS1 survey, 62% of respondents said they were under-trained and lacked the resources to safely transport bariatric patients, despite the fact that they account for at least 10% of EMS calls for the majority of respondents.

Learn more in this EMS1 Special Coverage series, "Bridging the gap in bariatric patient care: Pathophysiology, assessment and transport solutions."
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