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Accommodating obese patients

For a large person, this can create the first dilemma in receiving care.

Obesity is a contributing factor to a myriad of medical problems.

There are many reasons why design guidelines and considerations for the obese and bariatric patients are needed, but perhaps one of the most important reasons is patient dignity.

In the past, many have been transported in freight elevators and weighed on loading docks.

Morbid obesity is typically defined as being 100 pounds or more over ideal body weight or having a BMI of 40 or higher.

Before UK Health Care in Lexington started construction on a new patient tower at the University of Kentucky Albert B.

Defining obesity Obesity is an excess of body fat that impairs one’s health.

Obese patients are those people who have a Body Mass index (BMI) of 30.0 to 39.9.

Here are seven areas of a hospital that require particular attention when considering this patient population's needs. Building entries/Waiting areas Building entry points should be designed with comfortable ramps, hand rails and a 3-foot-2-inch door width minimum, with ample-sized wheelchairs available upon entry.