Some Startling Statistics to get you thinking!!
✔ Juan Pedro Franco, 33, weighed a shocking 93 stone (595kg) by his mid-20’s, but has now lost over half of his own body weight!! (641 lb or 45 st – the equivalent of 40 large bowling balls!),
✔ Jon Brower Minnoch (September 30, 1941 – September 10, 1983) was an American man who, at his peak weight, was the heaviest human being ever recorded, weighing approximately 1,400 lb (635 kilograms; 100 stone)
✔ Carl Thompson (1982 – 21 June 2015) was the heaviest man in the United Kingdom, weighing 413 kg (65 st 1 lb; 911 lb) at the time of his death.
With some of the heaviest persons alive weighing in excess of 50 stone (317 kilos) there can be some considerable challenges related to moving and transfers of these patients.
The Guldmann range of bariatric hoists and lifting slings has been developed with a focus on respect, dignity and comfort, and to meet the challenges that can arise in lifting and moving overweight and obese people.
Dealing with bariatric patients features a variety of specific challenges when it is necessary to move, treat and care for them with dignity, respect and comfort. The physical condition and limitations of bariatric patients may limit their functional capabilities, which can cause problems in relation to everyday activities such as personal hygiene procedures, mobilisation and repositioning.
Using a ceiling hoist system and the Guldmann range of slings for bariatric people facilitates the performance of lifting, repositioning and hygiene procedures in a manner that is dignified and gentle for both patient and care staff.
Common everyday duties in caring for bariatric patients:
The products are designed to provide optimal comfort and safety for bariatric patients. The bariatric aids in the Guldmann range have a lifting capacity of up to 375 kg – and one particular product can handle lifts of as much as 500 kg.
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