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Bariatric Design 101 – An Introduction to Design Considerations
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Obesity has become an alarming epidemic with enormous implications for our healthcare system. Obese people require more healthcare than average people, and there are increased physical problems for staff and attendants in administering that care across the spectrum of healthcare services.
Additionally, a boom in gastric bypass, stomach reduction and banding operations has been bringing even larger numbers of bariatric patients to healthcare providers. Respecting patient dignity and delivering optimum clinical care are primary issues, as are establishing procedures for safeguarding the health and well-being of these patients and their caregivers. Design is a critical tool in the care of and the improved long-term clinical outcomes for bariatric patients. Design concerns include appropriate facilities and space, proper equipment and furnishings.