In medical terms, a bariatric patient refers to an individual who undergoes bariatric surgery, which is a surgical procedure performed to achieve weight loss in individuals with severe obesity. Bariatric surgery is reserved for patients with a body mass index (BMI) exceeding a certain threshold, typically 40 or above, or 35 or above with obesity-related comorbidities.
Bariatric patients often struggle with significant weight-related health issues, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and joint problems. The surgery aims to reduce the size of the stomach, modify the digestive system, or both, resulting in decreased food intake, increased satiety, and altered nutrient absorption.
Different types of bariatric procedures are available, including gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, and adjustable gastric banding. Each procedure has its own mechanisms of action and potential benefits. Bariatric surgery is not a standalone solution but rather a part of a comprehensive weight management program that includes lifestyle changes, dietary modifications, and ongoing medical support.
At Centrobed we offer a range of products which can cater to a range of bariatric patients, from our beds weight capacity to the functions which it can complete; here at Centrobed we aim to offer solutions to every problem. Here are a few benefits of a few of these beds such as the Amazon Turning Bed and our Tungsten Elite Bed.
- Weight Capacity: Bariatric patients often weigh more than standard hospital bed weight limits which sits around 32 stone. A bed with a higher weight capacity, such as our Tungsten Elite which can withstand 80 stone, ensures that the patient can be safely accommodated without the risk of structural failure or injury. This provides peace of mind for both patients and healthcare providers.
- Full Profiling Options: Full profiling refers to the ability to adjust the bed’s position, including raising the head, feet, or the beds overall height. Bariatric patients may have mobility issues or need assistance with daily living. A bed with full profiling options allows healthcare providers to optimize the patient’s position for comfort, safety, and medical care. For example, raising the head can assist with breathing and digestion, while raising the feet can help alleviate pressure on lower limbs.
- Automatic Turning: Bariatric patients are at an increased risk of pressure ulcers (bedsores) due to their immobility and the weight-bearing on certain body parts. Automatic turning features, such as our automatic turning box, when attached to a bed can periodically reposition the patient, reducing the risk of pressure ulcers by evenly distributing their body weight. This feature can also help prevent joint contractures and maintain skin integrity.
- Improved Caregiver Assistance: A bed with automatic turning as well as profiling options reduces the physical strain on caregivers and nurses who would otherwise need to manually turn and reposition bariatric patients regularly and with difficulty. This not only enhances patient comfort but also lowers the risk of caregiver injuries.
- Enhanced Comfort and Quality of Life: Bariatric patients often face challenges related to mobility, comfort, and independence. A specialized bed with these features can improve their overall comfort and quality of life by allowing them to adjust their position, making it easier to get in and out of bed, reducing the risk of complications, and providing a sense of autonomy.
- Customized Care: The ability to customise the bed’s position and turning schedule ensures that the care provided is tailored to the specific needs of each bariatric patient. Not only are the timings customisable but here at Centrobed we offer each bed perfectly made for each patient. This individualised approach can lead to better health outcomes and overall patient satisfaction as our beds will be able to provide optimal comfort.
In summary, beds which are able to withstand a higher weight capacity along with offering full profiling options, and automatic turning are crucial for providing safe and effective care to bariatric patients. These features not only address the unique challenges associated with obesity but also contribute to improved patient comfort, reduced complications, and enhanced caregiver support in healthcare settings.