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Document ID (ISN)108767
CIS number 08-1349
Year 2007
Convention or series no. HSE Research Report 573
Author(s) Hignett S., Chipchase S., Tetley A., Griffiths P.
Health and Safety Executive
Title Risk assessment and process planning for bariatric patient handling pathways
Bibliographic information HSE Books, P.O. Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA, United Kingdom, 2007. xiv, 89p. Illus. 57 ref.
Internet access http://www.hse.gov.uk/research/rrpdf/rr573.pdf [in English]
Abstract The obese population in the United Kingdom is growing and this group is considerably over-represented in the use of health and social care services. This project aimed to identify and explore the manual handling risks presented by bariatric (severely obese) patients during emergency admissions. Work involved: reviewing public health data to provide an estimate of the current and future bariatric patient population; surveying strategic, clinical and operational policies and procedures for bariatric patient handling; and obtaining case studies of specific incidents and risk management actions. Findings revealed that 40%-70% of health care institutions did not have a bariatric policy. Other findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) work organization; United Kingdom; obesity; manual handling; plant safety and health organization; emergency services; hospitals; health care personnel; hazard evaluation
Descriptors (secondary) case study; survey; report
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Health care services
Risk evaluation
Metabolic diseases