Why the 2018 FGI Guidelines Account for ‘Patients of Size’ and How Your Facility Can, Too

By Megan Headley
Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare
July 18, 2018

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery notes that bariatric surgeries have steadily increased in recent years, climbing 10% (to 216,000 total surgeries) from 2015 to 2016 alone. Yet bariatric patients aren’t the only group that may present challenges with movement and transfer throughout the healthcare setting, which is one reason the Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI) made a terminology change in the 2018 edition of the FGI Guidelines.

The Guidelines now focus on safe handling for “patients of size,” a switch in terminology away from bariatrics that’s meant to account for not only a patient’s weight, but also height and distribution of weight throughout the body.

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