Safe Patient Handling & Mobility Bariatric Care Case Study
2016

Background
The United States has seen a dramatic increase in obesity rates
over the past 20 years. The Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention approximate 34% of adults and 17% of children
and adolescents are obese.1 The number of hospital admissions
related to obesity has tripled, reaching a record high of 2.8
million in 2009. Of those patients admitted, an estimated 10%
were considered morbidly obese.2 Nearly $117 billion is spent on
health and health-related issues due to obesity.2
The increase in obese patients became a reality for this facility
that was under prepared to provide safe care and handling for
a patient in the hospital’s intensive care unit. This case study
illustrates the challenges of caring for obese patients and the
need for solutions, which Hill-Rom helped them discover.

  • Care Settings: Acute Care
  • Clinical Focus: Safe Patient Handling & Mobility
  • Content Type: Case Studies