Care of the Bariatric Patient in Surgery Tool Kit

The AORN Bariatric Surgery Tool Kit offers resources to assist perioperative professionals in providing safe care to bariatric patients undergoing both bariatric and non-bariatric invasive procedures. Whether you are establishing a new bariatric program in your facility or just striving to meet the needs of bariatric patients who may come to your facility for an unrelated invasive procedure, you will need to provide an assortment of equipment/furniture and supplies to accommodate the “patient of size."

Note: “Patient of size” is new terminology used to describe patients who are ‘overweight” or “obese” which are terms used by the Centers for Obesity Research and Education.

Components

  • Finding Best Practices: Bariatric Requirements (PDF). This component can be used as a first step to develop a new bariatric program. It lays out a plan that begins with pulling stakeholders together and creating a task force, through a listing of detailed equipment and infrastructure requirements for all patient care areas. Facilities who are not developing bariatric programs will also find this information useful.
  • Algorithm (PDF). The algorithm addresses bariatric surgery protocols for preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative care. It includes pathway information for facilities who use the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) protocol and for those who don’t.
  • Bariatric Checklist (PDF). This can be used in conjunction with your standard surgery checklist or in conjunction with the Algorithm above. It addresses the specific needs of the bariatric patient undergoing a surgical procedure.
  • Safe Handling Resources for Bariatric Surgery Patients (PDF). This tool focuses on specific OR requirements for surgical interventions including internet resource links.
  • Simulation Exercises: Airway and Positioning Scenario (PDF). This detailed 40 minute structured simulation exercise is appropriate for nursing, students, allied health professionals and as a team exercise.

Webinars

  • Recipes for Success: The Bariatric Patient (Replay) | Handouts (PDF)
  • Recipes for Success: The Bariatric Patient II (Replay) | Handouts (PDF)

Related External Links

OJIN: Essentials of a Bariatric Patient Handling Program

Maintaining the Dignity of Patients with Morbid Obesity in the Hospital Setting

Accommodating the Bariatric Patient

Bariatric Beds, Lifts, and Transfer Equipment

Defining Bariatric Care and Obesity

Portland Hospitals Work to Accommodate Bariatric Patients

Hospitals Super-sizing Equipment for Obese Patients

Strategies for Accommodating Obese Patients in an Acute Care Setting

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