Published June 2017

Handling and mobility tasks associated with bariatric populations are complex because of excess patient weight and weight distribution, decreased mobility, and numerous co-morbid conditions. Providing safe care for this population is the responsibility of all caregivers and providers involved in direct patient care. A multifaceted, interdisciplinary, comprehensive approach that utilizes appropriate technology necessary to safely lift, move, and mobilize patients is required. Such policies and procedures should also address means to prevent injury or harm to the healthcare workers as well. Staff education on safe patient handling and mobility is a requirement for MBSAQIP accredited programs and highly recommended for all facilities providing care for bariatric patients. This section regarding Patient Mobility contains a content outline, reference and resource list and example staff education presentations for your use.