Community Demographics

Community Demographics

BARIATRIC UNIT FACILITY PLANNING HCS/446 INTRODUCTION: BARIATRIC FACILITIES There are many different types of healthcare facilities utilized by the public. These different facilities often have many similarities when considering the design of the overall facility. Upon researching bariatric facilities however, it was found that they have different patient needs that are required in order for the facility to be functional for patients. These facility needs will be

addressed throughout this presentation. ESSENTIAL ENVIRONMENTAL ELEMENTS CONSIDERED WHEN DESIGNING A BARIATRIC FACILITY Space To be able to move around and transport patients and equipment in all areas of the facility.

Furniture Universal furniture developed for all people and being comfortable as well as following fashionable trends. Wheelchairs Varying in depth and width

Elevator weight capacities to accommodate transport services. Larger rooms to accommodate larger pieces of equipment and needed staff. ESSENTIAL


Technology (Pelczarski, 2006): Assistive technology to reduce injury to patients System design for bed positioning DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FACILITY EQUIPMENT AND TECHNOLOGY WITHIN BARIATRIC FACILITY CONT. Blood pressure cuffs Typically a bigger size than normally available is needed *

Toilets and grab bars Must be able to sustain varying weight capacities* DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FACILITY EQUIPMENT AND TECHNOLOGY WITHIN BARIATRIC FACILITY CONT. Diagnostic imaging: * Wider entrances to imaging equipment

Lab testing: * Bariatric blood draw chairs COMMUNITY DEMOGRAPHICS Men and women in the U.S. are becoming heavier with passing years 25 lbs. heavier than adults in 1960 (Wignall, 2008) Health industry concerns for the ability to care properly for this patient population *

Design of the facility is critical for bariatric patients * Opportunity to create a niche in improved bariatric community needs * Hospitals can work together to create programs * COMMUNITY DEMOGRAPHICS CONT. Community survey assessment * Discrimination by hospital staff (DiNardo, 2013): Negative attitudes

Negative remarks Negative behaviors Community Obesity Assessment and Surveillance * ACCESSIBILITY IN BARIATRIC FACILITY DESIGN Environmental Barriers * Entries

Elevators Waiting areas Patient rooms Bariatric toilet rooms IMPORTANCE OF BARIATRIC FACILITIES Obesity is a leading cause of death Obese patients pose a high risk Offer dignified and quality care

Offers a safer way to handle obese patients IMPORTANCE OF BARIATRIC FACILITIES CONT. Forecasting for bariatric facilities Appropriate space Correct equipment Training and standardized care protocol IMPORTANCE OF BARIATRIC FACILITIES CONT.

01 02 03 Training and standardized care protocol cont.

Rate of obesity Multidisciplinary Care (Wignall, 2008): More effective at holistic care Improved patient outcomes for those with complex conditions and obesity Recommended for treatment processes in bariatric facilities CONCLUSION

There is a lot of thought that goes into planning bariatric facilities. This is because bariatric patients have many physical and emotional needs that may differ from patients in many other healthcare facilities. Designers need to consider the accessibility of different areas for the patient such as the floor levels, door widths, as well as the size of equipment like beds, chairs, imaging machines, toilets, etc. When designing the facility it is essential to be aware of the community demographics the facility will be based around. The patients need to know that this facility was built with their specific requirements in mind. If they are comfortable using the facility, that will bring more business to the facility which will have a great impact on the community. If you take all of these factors into consideration, it will give the patient the quality healthcare that they are expecting and deserve.

REFERENCES Australasian Health Infrastructure Alliance. (2017). Ensuite-Bariatric. Retrieved from DiNardo, A. (2013). Room for all: Trends in Bariatric healthcare design. Retrieved from Green, L. W., Sim, L., & Breiner, H. (2013). Evaluating obesity prevention efforts . Washington D.C, Maryland: The National Academies Press.

REFERENCES Hospital Direct Medical Equipment. (2013). Hospital beds. Retrieved from Kim, H. (2009). Universal design: Meeting the needs of the Bariatric patient population. Retrieved from Lockton Companies. (2012). Ten safety steps to enhance Bariatric patient care. Retrieved from o%20Enhancing%20Care%20for%20Bariatric%20Patients_FINAL_i_reduc ed.pdf

REFERENCES Muir, M. (2009). Space planning for the Bariatric patient. Retrieved from Pelczarski, K. & Williams, A. (2006, December 03). 10 Essential Bariatric Equipment Considerations. ITN. Retrieved from Wignall, D. (2008, March). Design as a Critical Tool in Bariatric Patient Care. Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology, 2(2), 263-267. doi:

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