The rate of morbid obesity within the western worlds is dramatically becoming an emergency. In the past ten years, health practitioners have seen the introduction of a new wave of medical emergency pandemics involving morbidly obesity.
What is a morbid obesity emergency?
Most emergencies involving people who suffer from morbid obesity involve chronic problems, but do occasionally involve acute medical emergencies.
Chronic probelms involving morbid obesity emergencies include:
1. Decreased mobilty
2. High blood pressure
3. Cardiomyopathy (enlargement of the heart)
4. Increased risk of type II diabetes
5. Increased risk of coronary artery disease
6. Increased damage to joints due to morbid obesity applying excess weight to the joints.
7. Pressure area sores
8 Back problems due to difficulties sleeping
Acute medical emergencies involving morbid obesity include:
1. Acute Coronary Artery Syndromes (such as a heart attack)
3. An inability to ambulate, resulting in prolonged times on the floor after falling. This can result in pressure area sores and in severe cases non-traumatic crush syndrome.
4. Any normal medical emergency, in which the paramedics have had an increased delay transporting the patient to hospital because he or she has morbid obesity, and consequently they have had to organise a bariatric truck or a fire truck to assist in transporting the patient to hospital.