When designing for the bariatric patient, the architectural design must consider the clinical needs of the patient and the ergonomic design requirements of the caregiver. This presentation explores the process taken by a multi-disciplinary team including architects, clinical practitioners, and ergonomists in making recommendations for bariatric room design in acute care projects. The team simulated clinical care tasks in a reconfigurable mock up patient room with bariatric equipment to determine recommended clear space for bariatric room design.
Describe how use of a simulation lab facilitates generation of room design space recommendations.
Explain how CDC bariatric prevalence data projections assist in determining future bariatric space needs and readiness.
Examine the required patient room clear spaces necessary using overhead lifts and floor-based lifts while performing a bed-to-wheelchair transfer of a bariatric patient.
Describe ergonomic strategies to mitigate risks from patient handling and mobility tasks when caring for bariatric patients