How to Ensure Safety for Bariatric Patients

There is a crucial bariatric consideration, and that is ensuring safety, which requires a whole new learning curve for providers. Simple activities, such as standing or sitting down, can pose a risk for serious injury for severely obese patients.

How to Match Mattresses to Bariatric Patient Needs

Pair an increasing patient population with the variety of mattress options related to treatment and prevention of pressure ulcers, and the learning curve gets a bit steep. What do providers need to consider?

Opening Lines of Communication

Addressing the respiratory conditions of bariatric patients takes more than just a CPAP.

Alliance Scale Unveils Wheelchair Scale

Scale features 700 lb. by 0.2 lb. capacity and provides a 29.5-inch by 32-inch platform.

Bariatric Bathing Solutions

‘Ultra’ Ultra-Low Bariatric System

Decubitus Ulcer Treatment Products Market to Reach $3.6 billion by 2010

Aging population creating an increasing demand for treatment of sores caused by patient bodyweight, according to new report.

Product Premier: Blue Chip Power-Pro VW Elite

Blue Chip’s Power-Pro VW Elite bariatric mattress combines variable width convenience with durability and wound prevention features.

Safe and Sound

Planting Bariatric Roots

How Obesity Is Shaping the Future of Respiratory

Growth. For plants, generators of the air we breathe, the process begins small. A seed unfurls roots. The roots penetrate deeper into the earth, stabilizing the plant and drawing in nutrients for cell reproduction. The plant grows larger. The deeper the roots go, the greater the chance for the plant’s survival.

Decoding Asthma, Sleep Apnea, Obesity Hypoventilation or Dyspnea

Though many obese patients exhibit symptoms of asthma or sleep apnea — wheezing, shortness of breath, daytime sleepiness — those conditions could be masking another condition altogether.

Does Sleep Apnea Increase Surgery Risk?

Many bariatric surgeons will not operate if a patient does not have his or her sleep apnea under control. The reason is that an apnea event occurring while a patient is under anesthesia or using heavy narcotics after surgery could result in death.

Asthma Branching

Research Indicates Stronger Connection Between Obesity, Incidence of Asthma

A study published in April by the American Thoracic Society showed that the incidence of asthma increases by 50 percent for overweight or obese individuals. Put into context: this means that since 65 percent of U.S. adults are either overweight or obese, the connection could have a tremendous impact on public health.

The Pediatric Pandemic

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