“Bariatrics” is a term used for providing healthcare for individuals who have extreme obesity. Calculating the Body Mass Index (BMI) is the most commonly accepted and consistent method for determining whether an individual is obese. Most often, hospital staff activates bariatric protocols when a patient’s weight exceeds 350 pounds.
At present, there is an increase in the number of bariatric admissions in the hospitals. Due to this trend, there is a need to provide dignified care to bariatric patients that is safe for both – the patient and the healthcare provider. A large number of bariatric patients, due to their size and difficulty with mobility, require assistance with almost all the activities of daily living. It is here that the huge potential for bariatric lifts markets comes to the fore.
In addition, a number of cases have been reported where healthcare providers have experienced injuries while treating bariatric patients. All the activities like maintaining hygiene, bathing, ambulation, and dressing become much more challenging for bariatric patients and for the healthcare workers nurturing such kind of patients.
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Musculoskeletal injuries, sprains, strains, and excessive spinal loading are some of the risks that the care givers are exposed to while caring for bariatric patients. Thus, there is a pressing need and demand for specialized equipment that are specially designed for bariatric patients. In this context, the bariatric lift market is poised to exhibit a sustained growth during the forecast period.
Heavy-duty patient lifts are especially designed to accommodate users who are of greater than average weight and require assistance in transferring from their beds to their wheelchairs or from wheelchairs or from wheelchairs to the toilet, bath or back into bed. The bariatric transfer equipment models offered here are made by top-name, respected manufacturers like Lumex, Hoyer, Bestcare, Drive, Apex and Invacare.
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