What are Bariatric Supplies?

In a time when over 34% of adults in the United States are overweight or obese, the need for bariatric equipment has never been higher.  Now, you may be asking yourself, “What is bariatric?”  Bariatric is a term that is given to anything having to do with the treatment, regulation or prevention of obesity.  Bariatric Equipment is a category of medical supplies that characterizes anything designed for patients who are overweight.  In general, this includes bariatric hospital beds, Bariatric Wheelchairs, bariatric benches and scooters.

Drive 22" Sentra Bariatric Wheelchair

Sentra Bariatric Reclining Wheelchair

What is Bariatric Equipment Used for?

The answer is:  Just about anything.  All daily functions of an obese patient are affected by the extra weight they carry.  From getting around in a bariatric wheelchair to sleeping in a bariatric bed, patients often require special supplies to improve their quality of life and empower them to live independently as they treat their condition.

In general, these supplies look much like their “regular” counterparts.  However, they are often reinforced in areas where the extra pressure from a heavier individual would cause a failure in most equipment.   They may also be made of materials that are stronger and heavier than their counterparts.  For example, a normal walker may be made out of a light aluminum.  On the other hand, a Bariatric Rollators and Walkers would probably be made out of another metal similar to steel.

Side Walker Heavy Duty Bariatric

Bariatric Side Walker

Bariatric equipment can be found at hospitals across the country.  However, it is much more common at treatment facilities that specialize in weight-centric procedures, such as laproscopic banding, gastric bypass, or liposuction.

In summary, bariatric supplies include any medical equipment that is specially designed to better suit a patient who is overweight or obese.  Bariatric equipment, while sometimes a bit more expensive, is necessary for providing a safe and effective regimen for an overweight individual looking to improve their health and well-being.

Resources

http://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=jzMofJBxLw8C&oi=fnd&pg=PA37&dq=bariatric+equipment&ots=3A-rWqUrLn&sig=Sh_AM-vDAgwgAVNNY0s7M3OtKKE#v=onepage&q=bariatric%20equipment&f=false

 
http://www.dlf.org.uk/factsheets/Choosing_Equipment_for_the_Heavier_Person.pdf
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