Obesity is a major risk factor for a number of chronic diseases, including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer. Obesity rates in the UK have been steadily increasing over the past few decades. In 2021, 26.0% of adults in England were obese; 26% of men and 29% of women according to digital NHS stats, and poorer areas struggling the most, it’s important that the needs of bariatric patients are met in the healthcare environment.
Caring for bariatric patients in the hospital can be challenging, but it is important to provide them with the same level of care as any other patient.
Using bariatric equipment.
Bariatric equipment is designed to accommodate patients who are larger than average. This includes bariatric beds, chairs, and other healthcare equipment.
Moving and transferring bariatric patients can be difficult and risky. It is important to get help from multiple staff members to safely move these patients.
Be aware of the patient's weight limits. Bariatric patients have weight limits for many activities, such as bathing, dressing, and ambulating. It is important to be aware of these limits and to adjust care accordingly.
Provide the patient with a comfortable environment. Bariatric patients may have difficulty getting comfortable. It is important to support them with the right healthcare equipment for their personal needs.
Caremed Bariatric equipment
Our NEW Bariatric CH5-L multifunctional early mobilisation chair lays 100% flat has a safe working load of 250kg and has an unique retractable footplate which encourages sit to standing. The care chair reduces manual handling strain on HCP's whilst encouraging simple early mobilisation with patients - the layflat option allows the patient to be moved from bed to chair and then slowly mobilised.
We have a number of beds that are also available for bariatric patients, from 200kg and up. For example the Alrick 2400 Bariatric low profiling care bed has a safe working load of 400kg. With an electric adjustable height of between 390mm to 830mm, it also has a Trendelenberg forward tilt.
Our 160mm high-risk bariatric mattress is built with three layers of foam. It is fitted with a hard wearing water closure cover; width is 1200mm and length 2000mm. Maximum patient weight is 294kg.
We also supply our best-selling Total Flow hybrid (both a mattress and an air mattress, reducing patient transfers) which can take the weight of a patient up to 250kg.
Bariatric porter chairs
This multi-purpose transfer chair allows bariatric patients (up to 300kg) to be transferred easily from ward to ward by porters and other HCP's. With a built in 4-way power drive reducing the risk of strain during critical patient transport, this chair is every porter’s dream!
Rent, lease or purchase
We offer both rental, lease and purchase on these pieces of equipment.
For a large number of Trusts, purchasing is too much of an investment, so we offer rental – based on 7 days to 6 months or leasing.
We can tailor a leasing plan to your Trust – so you many wish to have maintenance included, and at the end of the 3-5 year term you have the option to purchase the item, or trade it in for a new option.
For our rental range please visit our rental products here
For more information on leasing, please visit our web page here