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1st Call at NBE

21 September

1st Call Mobility will be exhibiting a variety of products at this year’s conference including the new and enhanced Baros acute bariatric bed which features an upgraded control systems, extra low height - yet again setting the pace for others to follow in practical bed design.

1st Call Mobility comprehensive portfolio offers a wide range of equipment and services that ensure healthcare facilities are equipped for the challenges of plus size patients and can deliver cost-efficient, safe and dignified packages of care.

Have you booked into the "Who cares for me – preserving dignity advancing care" workshop on the management of plus size people at 14.30hrs on Tuesday 26th September?

Tracey Carr, Plus Size Model will be offering an insight into her personal experience of being a patient within the health and social care setting as well as participating as a model during the practical workshop activities.

This workshop will provide delegates with an introduction to practical solutions to help them and their colleagues address the safe patient handling and mobility needs of plus size.

Food for thought……

Obesity statistics

  • According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are now more than 1.9 billion adults aged 18 and over that are overweight. Of this number, 600 million are obese – approximately 13% of the world’s adult population.
  • UK and Ireland has one of the highest obesity rates in Europe and it affect more than one million people with 1 in 4 adults obese and 1 in 4 children either overweight or obese making them prevalent to become obese adults.
  • The increase in obesity is placing health and social care facilities under serious pressure, straining caregiving resources and driving up costs. Likewise, facilities are challenged to accommodate the needs of this patient demographic - in terms of appropriate equipment, caregiver training and physical space. 

Definition and terminology

  • ‘Plus size’ is the preferred terminology - ‘bariatric’ focuses on the ‘medical’ management and ‘treatment’ of obesity and associated co-morbidities, and does not encompass the individual’s needs.
  • A plus size person is an individual who is severely overweight (BMI 30-39.9) or morbidly obese (BMI>40) which includes obesity classes 1 - 3. Typically, bariatric weights are defined as Body Mass Index (BMI) > 35 plus co- morbidities or a BMI 40kg/ m² or 45kgs over ideal weight.


What do we want to achieve …….

A safe and dignified environment

  • Plus size individuals have an increased risk of health conditions and chronic illnesses, many of which can result in extended hospital stays.
  • It is essential that solutions are designed to cater to the size and weight of a plus size person without compromising comfort, dignity or desired treatment outcomes.
    • ­Sufficient space and adequate weight capacity is always in the mind of a larger patient, which can lead to unnecessary stress and anxiety in any situation.
    • ­Plus size people prefer healthcare workers to address, rather than ignore, their weight.
    • ­People of size can delay seeking healthcare due to embarrassment and uncertainty over whether the equipment will be available to handle their weight.
  • Caring for a plus size person requires more staff and puts them at risk of injury. These challenges can be overcome by providing caregivers with appropriate solutions


Come and see us on our stand 42/43 in the Rotunda so we can discuss the solutions and services we can offer to support your local needs


We hope to see you there...