Two Obese Patients Remained in Hospital for Weeks, New Report Calls for Improved Safety

Two Obese Patients Remained in Hospital for Weeks, New Report Calls for Improved

A recent report presented to the Otago District Health Board, calling for improved safety measures for obese patients in hospitals across the county, states recent example of two obese patients who had to remain in hospital for weeks because there was no transport facility available to take them safely back home.

The way obese patients are transported, and why changes and improvements are necessary are the highlight points of the report which has been written jointly by Barry Taylor, professor of Pediatrics and child health, Adele Knowles, nurse director and project coordinator Raymond Jones.

Although the hospital/hospitals involved have not been named, the report does confirm that, when in acute condition, they were taken to the hospital by St. John ambulance, but the service said that it could not safely take the patients back home because of their weight and physical dimension.

There have been other instances where St. John has expressed inability to transport an obese patient, in which case the fire service staff is sometimes called to help, in addition to other alternative transportations, but experts agree that risks associated with these non-standard methods are huge.

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