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Meeting CQC Outcomes – The Bariatric Challenge

Posted on April 9th 2014

The Care Quality Commission is now actively engaged in inspecting GP practices and other primary care medical services in England and Wales to ensure that they meet the national standards of quality and safety. As a result, the provision of equipment for the treatment of bariatric patients has come under scrutiny; this needs to be both fit for purpose and safe for use by all patients utilising the service.

The onus is on the service provider to make suitable arrangements to protect service users and others who may be at risk from unsafe equipment by ensuring that all equipment provided for carrying out a regulated activity is properly maintained and fit for purpose; these requirements are covered extensively in the CQC ‘Essential Standards for Quality and Safety – Outcome 11’. This is raising questions about the availability of couches and plinths designed specifically for use by heavier patients, but also suitable for use with other patient groups.

Bariatric Products Suitable For Use By All Patients

Caring safely for larger patients has been the focus of attention for healthcare furniture manufacturers Sidhil for some years now. The company offers a choice of two robust and user-friendly electrically operated, variable height bariatric treatment plinths engineered to meet the challenges presented by heavier users, which are also suitable for use with all patients.

Capable of handling maximum user weights up to 320kgs (50 stone), these two and three section plinths sold under Sidhil’s Doherty brand name are also proving very useful in physiotherapy and neurology applications, where a larger surface area and weight bearing capability is required.

Most importantly, the plinths are manufactured to the highest standards in the UK, which means they are available on short lead times to help service providers comply with the requirements of the CQC guidance.

Décors To Harmonise with Modern GP Surgeries

Available in a range of upholstery colours designed to harmonise with modern GP surgery décor, with corners rounded for optimum hygiene, the robust and hard wearing Doherty plinths are designed around safety and ease of use, featuring two-sided operation, four large rolling castors and a central locking brake system.

Other bariatric products from Sidhil include beds, armchairs, walkers, commodes and grab handles, all designed to provide comfort and convenience for the heavier patient.

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Meeting CQC Outcomes – The Bariatric Challenge