Care staff are increasingly encountering bariatric patients in all clinical contexts. Bariatric patients can be treated on specially designed bariatric wards, or as an integral part of either general or specialist fields of care – in A&E departments, for example, on medical and maternity wards, or in operating theatres and nursing homes.
Dealing with bariatric patients features a variety of specific challenges when it is necessary to move, treat and care for them with dignity, respect and comfort. The physical condition and limitations of bariatric patients may limit their functional capabilities, which can cause problems in relation to everyday activities such as personal hygiene procedures, mobilisation and repositioning.
Common everyday duties in caring for bariatric patients:
- Moves back and forth between bed and chair, chair and toilet, etc.
- Moves between different lying positions
- Repositioning in bed: from one side to the other, sitting up in bed
- Repositioning in a wheelchair, armchair, or similar
- Handling bariatric patients for procedures that require access to different body parts
- Personal hygiene
- Assistance with skin care/wound treatment
Safe and gentle
Using a ceiling hoist system and the Guldmann range of slings for bariatric people facilitates the performance of lifting, repositioning and hygiene procedures in a manner that is dignified and gentle for both patient and care staff.
The products are designed to provide optimal comfort and safety for bariatric patients. The bariatric aids in the Guldmann range have a lifting capacity of up to 375 kg – and one particular product can cope with lifts of as much as 500 kg.