Safely Transferring Bariatric Patients

 There are many dangers when it comes to transferring a bariatric patient. Not only are bariatric transfers difficult and time-consuming, they pose a safety risk to both patient and caregiver. It’s not uncommon to see more than four staff assisting in the transfer of a single patient.

This extra effort isn’t lost on the patient either. The patient, who could already be experiencing physical pain or discomfort, is left feeling more anxious when a hoist or lift is needed to move them. Not to mention the hospital gowns provided don’t always fit the patient, leaving them exposed during the lengthy transfer process. Then there is the bariatric hospital furniture (or lack thereof) which many patients find uncomfortable to sit or lay in. It’s no wonder that paired with the fear of falling, many bariatric patients will opt to stay in bed, prolonging their hospital stay and bariatric state.  

The goal of bariatric care is to rehabilitate the patient by encouraging early mobility and independence as soon as possible. Luckily, there are specialized seating options to help accomplish this goal.

I designed this chair with the goal of increasing the mobility and encouraging independence for patients suffering from a bariatric condition. It helps with transfers and patient rehabilitation in the following areas:

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  • Removable arms make way for a sling or will allow patient to side transfer, if able
  • Anterior tilt works in conjunction with a lift or hoist to safely accommodate various transfers
  • Remote operated, allowing the patient independence for repositioning, redistribution of weight, tilt in space, recline and if mobile, to assist in sit to stand transfers
  • Over 19% of the patient’s weight is distributed through the footplate and folds back to accommodate large calves and dorsiflex conditions
  • Tilt in space allows assisted sit to stand transfers with a lower level of caregiver assistance
  • Removable arms make way for a sling or will allow patient to side transfer, if able


The Bariatric Sorrento provides patients with support, independence and stability in hospital, homecare or long term care settings.




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