Patients that fit into the obese category also benefit greatly from the design changes described in this paper.Obese patients encompass a very wide weight range, from roughly 250 to 300 pounds to more than 1,200 pounds.
Obese patients are those people who have a Body Mass index (BMI) of 30.0 to 39.9.
Healthcare organizations across the nation are also changing their care delivery practices to address the increasing needs of our increasingly obese population.
Because safe patient handling of obese people is an especially important issue, architects and designers are developing approaches to minimize workplace injuries associated with caring for these patients.
Currently more than 20 percent of the American population is obese, and between 5 and 10 million of those people suffer from morbid obesity.
According to an article by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, more than 40 percent of U. adults will be categorized as obese by the year 2015.