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Susan Gallagher introduces her new book a Practical Guide to Bariatric Safe Patient Handling & Mobility. I haven’t read it myself, but I have heard a lot of good comments about it.

“Referring to obese individuals as a “special patient population” is a bit of a conundrum in this context because, as the most recent data suggests, as many as 80% of Americans living in the United States are overweight or obese, with 4% to 6.4% severely or morbidly obese. This raises the question of when the exception becomes the rule. At what point do we recognize this is the patient population, not a special patient population, and then address SPHM opportunities in caring for a special patient population who also happens to be obese?”

As the Professional Development Officer for publications by the NBE, I would be remiss not to mention at this point our publication as well. Moving & Handling of Plus Sized People. So you have two good publications you could choose from.

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Moving & Handling Plus Sized People


A Practical Guide to Bariatric Safe Patient Handling & Mobility

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