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Nursing Care of the Super Bariatric Patient: Challenges and Lessons Learned

Broome, Catherine A. RN, C, BS1; Ayala, Eric M. MSOT, OTR/L1; Georgeson, Karie A. BSN, RN-BC1; Heidrich, Susan M. PhD, RN1; Karnes, Kimberley BSN, RN, WCC, CWOCN1; Wells, Jared B. BS, RN1

Rehabilitation Nursing Journal: March 2015 - Volume 40 - Issue 2 - p 92–99
doi: 10.1002/rnj.165
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Purpose: The purpose of this article is to describe the care of a “super bariatric” patient.

Design and Methods: We used a case study approach to describe the complex interdisciplinary care challenges posed in the care of a super bariatric patient at a Veterans Administration Hospital in the Midwest.

Findings: Nurses and other healthcare providers discovered ways to provide high-quality patient-centered care under challenging conditions and also ensure the safety and well-being of nursing staff and other providers.

Conclusions/Clinical Relevance: An interdisciplinary, patient-centered approach with advance planning and coordination is necessary to ensure the delivery of safe, high-quality nursing care to veterans with complex health problems who are “super bariatric.”

1 Staff Nurse, Occupational Therapist, Nurse Scientist, Wound Care Program Manager, Wm. S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Administration Hospital, Madison, WI, USA

Accepted March 14, 2014


Catherine Broome, Wm. S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Administration Hospital, 2500 Overlook Terrace, Madison, WI 53705.


[Line 16, column 2 on page 1 of this article was changed to include the word “not” on 21 January 2015 after original online publication.]

© 2015 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses.
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