A round-up of some of the latest bariatric products on the market.
America continues to wrestle with its obesity epidemic. Adults with a body-mass index of 30 or more are considered to be obese, and in 2012 the Centers for Disease Control reported that more than one-third of adults (35.7 percent) and almost 17 percent of youth were obese in 2009–2010.
The CDC also found that there while there was no significant difference in prevalence between men and women at any age, adults aged 60 and over were more likely to be obese than younger adults. Among men there was no significant difference in obesity prevalence by age, but among women, 42.3 percent of those aged 60 and over were obese compared with 31.9 percent of women aged 20 to 39.
In terms of impact obesity is accompanied by a number of possible co-morbities, such as including hypertension, adverse lipid concentrations, and Type Two diabetes. Ultimately, according to at least one study, obesity leads to the deaths of 300,000 Americans each year. This means providers will continue to serve bariatric patients with a variety of services ranging from bath safety to mobility to support surfaces to diabetic products. Here are some recent offerings on the market:
Bariatric Aluminum Rehab Shower Commode Chair
Bath Safety for Users up to 500 lbs.
- Constructed of rust-resistant, lightweight aluminum that supports users up to 500 lbs.
- 5 in. caster wheels let it patients easily move between bedroom and bathroom, and push-button assembly lets them take it with them wherever they go.
- The backrest and seat are padded and the standard footrests are height and angle adjustable for maximum comfort.
Tranquility AIR-Plus Bariatric Disposable Briefs
Maximum Protection for Patients
- Disposable brief is 100 percent breathable with microscopic pores that allow moisture vapor to escape for complete air circulation and comfort.
- TQ-A/P (Tranquility’s antimicrobial and antifungal protection) treatment is bonded to the inner and outer surfaces to inhibit bacterial and fungal growth.
- Stretchy, side panels extend to a circumference of 106 in. and a patented Peach Mat absorbent core minimizes odor and holds over a quart of liquid for maximum protection.
Principle Business Enterprises
Q6 Edge HD
Bariatric Rehab Mobility That’s Real-World Ready
- Features high-torque, four-pole motors, Quantum’s Mid-Wheel 6 Drive Design ATX Suspension, and Group-24 batteries.
- Engineered to meet the performance needs of active users weighing up to 450 lbs.
- Accepts a complete range of seating, including TRU-Balance Power Positioning, and supports electronics options such as Q-Logic 2 to deliver exceptional rehab capability at an excellent value.
BAR750 Bariatric Bed
Heavy-Duty, Full-Electric Bed Frame
- Capable of supporting up to 750 lbs., and bed expands from 39 in. to 48 in. in width, and from 80 in. to 88 in. in length
- Four quiet DC actuators easily reposition the head and foot sections, as well as the bed height.
- For safety, the bed comes standard with a battery backup, and bed ends and half rails standard, as well.
Bariatric Multifold Ramp
Access Users Can Take With Them
- Uses a patented center joint hinge that eliminates a pinch point; adds strength; and lets the ramp fold and be carried like a suitcase.
- Supports a maximum ramp capacity of 400 lbs. for one axle and 800 lbs. for two axles, and accommodates wheelchairs and scooters with various wheel configurations.
- A safety guide indicates if ramp is on a safe slope; a high-traction surface prevents slipping; and a closure strap locks ramp panels together.
Prairie View Industries Inc.
Bariatric Rollator with 8 in. Wheels
Heavy-Duty Use for Indoors and Outdoors
- Rollator features a 400-lb. weight capacity to address situations improving patients’ daily mobility requires heavy duty strength and durability.
- Device is extra-wide between the handles for more comfortable use.
- The 8 in. wheels make usuable indoors and outdoors; a large padded seat provides a comfortable resting spot; and rollator includes a convenient basket for carrying items with you.
This article originally appeared in the December 2014 issue of HME Business.