Accommodating obese patients

"Mix bariatric chairs with the other furnishings with the same look and feel," said Dawn Mc Donald, IIDA, senior associate with Indianapolis-based Maregatti Interiors, lead interior designer on the St. "We oftentimes use loveseats because they are discreet, yet provide the extra room and stability larger people need." Mc Donald recommends that 15–20% of waiting room chairs accommodate obese patients.Michael Lehman, principal with Taylor & Associates Architects, said specifying larger furniture has a ripple effect on space planning and costs.Other new technologies in hospital beds include units with built-in powered transport to minimize the number of staff members required to transport patients, and beds with powered side air bolsters that can be deflated with the touch of a button to allow for closer care or easy transport, especially during an emergency situation, said Bish.Hill-Rom's Excel Care bed, for instance, expands from 40 to 50 inches wide.Many of these systems provide full room coverage and are designed to allow staff members to lift, rotate, and recline or decline patients without manual assistance.Placement of toilets is also vitally important, said Richard Dallam, principal with Seattle-based architect NBBJ.

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    Jan 23, 2009. Given the statistical trend toward obesity in the general population and the skyrocketing increase in bariatric surgical programs, hospitals need to address the special design and equipment needs of obese patients in both their short- and long-range planning.…