View Full Version : Hospitals groan under weight of heavy patients

04-01-2006, 08:03 PM
Going to the hospital is rarely fun. If you weigh over 300 pounds like Beth Henk, it can be embarrassing. "I've flipped an exam table — I sat on the end of it and it just flipped up," said Henk, whose weight peaked at 745.

When her son was born three years ago, "I had to sit in the hospital bed the whole time — the hospital's rocker wouldn't fit my butt.":eek:

Today Henk helps Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis find better ways to deal with the growing number of very obese patients, an issue for many U.S. hospitals. Barnes-Jewish is replacing beds and wheelchairs with bigger models, widening doorways, buying larger CT scan machines, even replacing slippers and gowns.


04-01-2006, 08:19 PM
its an epidemic :eek:

late again
04-01-2006, 09:12 PM
My wife is a nurse at a hospital that has a Bariatrics Unit. That's the surgery for the stomach stapling, etc. She's told me some pretty crazy stories. But I know that they use these extra wide W/Cs and they have extra wide chairs for registering. You could put two normal sized people in those W/Cs. You might be surprised as to how many patients have to be readmitted from not following post surgery instructions. They have to start off with eating like thimble size portions for meals. Imagine that.