Caring for your bariatric patient: a resource guide to the literature on care of the morbidly obese.

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Thiele, Tracy
Osterreicher, Angela
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In response to escalating obesity in Manitoba, Canada, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) formed a Bariatric Care Committee to address the issue of providing safe, efficient, and effective care for this population. The WRHA proposed that Deer Lodge Centre (DLC) be designated as the site for the management and care of bariatric patients requiring long-term chronic care. As a result, a DLC Bariatric Committee with several working groups was formed. The working groups were to provide plans for clinical program, communication, research and education, staffing, capital planning, and equipment. The Research and Education Working Group conducted literature reviews for each of the working groups. A selection of the most pertinent resources found for the DLC Bariatric Committee Working Groups are highlighted here. It is anticipated that this resource will provide assistance for others wishing to establish bariatric programs within their facility. Citations are categorized under the headings: clinical care (activities of daily living, airway management, and skin care), comprehensive knowledge, staff education, equipment/capital planning, excellence, respect, geriatrics, and safe handling. This resource guide will be of interest for nurses caring for bariatric patients and for organizations providing long-term care of bariatric patients.
Nursing Homes, Long-term care, Morbidly Obese
Thiele, T., & Osterreicher, A. (2011). Caring for your bariatric patient: A resource guide to the literature on care of the morbidly obese. Bariatric Nursing and Surgical Patient Care, 6(1), 43-48.