Caring for patients with morbid obesity in hospital

Green, Sue M and Gillett, Angela (1998) Caring for patients with morbid obesity in hospital. British Journal of Nursing, 7(13), pp. 785-792. ISSN (print) 0966-0461


Caring for the patient with morbid obesity may require adaptation of routine nursing care; however, as with all patients, care should be tailored to individual needs. This article aims to highlight the specific needs of patients with morbid obesity and discusses ways of addressing these needs. The activities of living model is commonly used to assess, plan, implement and evaluate nursing care. This model, used to identify the potential needs of a patient with obesity, will provide the framework for the article. Documentation of procedures used for patient care, e.g. lifting and bathing, must be made in the patient's care plan enabling other nurses caring for the patient to identify quickly the most appropriate and safe way to care for the patient.

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