According to the World Health Organization (WHO) there are now more than 1.9 billion adults aged 18 and over that are overweight,1 and of this number, 600 million are obese – approximately 13% of the world’s adult population.2 This increase is placing healthcare facilities under serious pressure, straining caregiving resources and driving up costs.3 Likewise, facilities are challenged to accommodate the needs of this patient demographic, particularly in terms of appropriate solutions, equipment, and caregiver training.4
A high BMI can be costly for health and social care providers and has a wider economic and societal impact.5 Based on the current global demographics, care environments are having to adapt to support the care needs of the plus size person,6 especially as hospital admissions with a primary diagnosis of obesity among people of all ages has risen from 1,019 to 11,763 in a decade.7
From admission to discharge, a plus size person may require specialised and appropriate solutions corresponding to their clinical needs. It is important to understand the concerns of both patients and their caregivers, the stages of care a patient will pass through, as well as the appropriate solutions best suited to each stage of care. Equipped with the right solutions, care facilities have the ability to improve the quality and helping improve the safety ofcaregivers during patient handling procedures while ensuring the safety and efficiency of their caregivers. With the right solutions, plus size patients can experience comfortable and dignified care.
To ensure safety and patient comfort, it is recommended that all caregivers be prepared in advance before they care for a larger patient.8 Studies show that training in the use of appropriate equipment and handling techniques can reduce the risk of injury to both caregivers and larger patients, and increase quality of care.9
Arjo can support you with a portfolio of bariatric products and consultancy services that ensure you are fully equipped for the challenges of caring for people of size, and can help you deliver safe and dignified plus size patient care.