The transport of bariatric (obese) patients in Ambulance Practice has become more frequent and poses numerous risks and complications (for the patients and the paramedics).
Most Ambulance Services globally have introduce the use of bariatric or megalift trucks (Ambulances) which are designed to transport bariatric patients. These bariatric trucks often have hydrolic lifters that are designed to lift patients onto the back of the truck. They also specially designed beds and wheelchairs for patients who do not fit into the normal Ambulances.
However, bariatric transport poses many more risks than simply driving these patients to hospital. Bariatric transport has the additional complications of extrication from their house, car, or whichever location they may require the aid of an Ambulance.
These complications include:
Getting bariatric patients through walls or doors, which they are no longer capable of fitting through. Assisting these people down stairs through the use of mechanical or robotic travellers. Often, these patients require Fire Brigade assistance to extricate from their homes.