FGI Study of Clearances Needed to Provide Safe Care for Patients of Size

During the 2018 Guidelines revision cycle, members of the FGI Bariatric Accommodations Topic Group met in fall 2015 at the Hill-Rom simulation lab in Ohio to assess the clearances needed for safe patient handling and transportation of patients of size (formerly termed bariatric patients). The group worked with a mock-up of a patient room and a patient toilet room and considered clearances needed when using overhead lifts and floor-based lifts as well as transporting patients on stretchers and beds. The clearances identified were used to write proposals to update the requirements for designing the physical environment for areas where patients of size are cared for.

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