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Combating the Personal and Financial Cost of Obesity

Posted on January 3rd 2018

Medical conditions aggravated by overweight and obesity are becoming increasingly more critical in today’s society, with a number of studies highlighting the cost both to the NHS and to the individuals of excess weight gain. As the issue has become more widespread, the term ‘bariatric’ has now coined common usage in healthcare circles.

The Bariatric Definition

The word originates from the Greek ‘bar’, pertaining to weight, and has now gained general recognition as the branch of medicine dealing with the causes, prevention and treatment of obesity.

The Growing Need For Reengineered Equipment

Obesity can seriously complicate treatments and recovery times for heavier patients, but the issues do not stop there. Safety is of vital importance across the NHS, and the increasing number of patients has meant a rising demand for bariatric equipment capable of handling heavier loads.

This applies not just to beds, surfaces and moving and handling equipment such as trolleys but also to aids for daily living such as commodes, over bed tables, walking frames and bed hoists.

Over a decade ago, equipment manufacturers recognised this issue and began to look at the products they supplied to assess changing requirements. Today, much of the equipment supplied to the acute sector, the community sector and long-term care has been reengineered with specialist options to manage heavier patients.

The Drive DeVilbiss Sidhil Bariatric Equipment Range

Drive DeVilbiss Sidhil has focused on the provision of specialist equipment to help with the management of bariatric patients. The company offers a growing portfolio of products designed around the needs of the bariatric market.

With standard care beds developed to manage safe working loads of up to 28 stone, the more recent bariatric products, like the Activ8 Titan 100, have been totally reengineered to handle patients weighing up to 50 stone safely and securely. It's not just the bariatric bed size that changes but this work has in many cases involved a total redesign of the lifting mechanisms.

Moving and handling can present real issues in this field, with challenges for carers as well as patients. Electrically operated profiling beds capable of raising, lowering and adjusting the position of bariatric patients without physical efforts from carers are playing an important role in improving outcomes and reducing the risks to staff.

Products such as the Bradshaw Bariatric bed and the bariatric plinth are proving increasingly popular, offering increased width for occupant comfort and safety as well as increased handling capabilities. Alongside the beds, the company offers a range of bariatric equipment. This includes both dynamic therapy and static foam mattress support surfaces developed around the increased challenges presented by the management of bariatric patients.

Much of the equipment used in the NHS and the care sector today for bariatric applications - from electrically operated profiling beds used in the community and acute markets and aids for daily living – are now available as specially reengineered options to manage the requirement for increased load bearing, enhancing safety and developing added comfort for patients.

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Combating the Personal and Financial Cost of Obesity