My brothers and sisters, I need some help.
I am trying to assist my company with writing a sane policy for use of bariatric stretchers on NON-bariatric patients. I have been googling my brains out but cant find any information.
Last week, I had to transport a 118 pound male on a Stryker MX-Pro Bariatric stretcher due to reasons. With him sitting directly in the middle, none of the straps fit him properly. There was more than eight inches of open space between his body and the edges of the stretcher (on both sides). If we crashed, there would be no way those belts would protect him. I couldnt even keep the shoulder restraints on his shoulders. He actually joked that this must be whats like for women when their bra straps fall down their arms.
Now the questions...
Do any of your agencies/ departments/ companies have policies preventing normal sized patients riding on bariatric stretchers?
If so, are there any references I could use to help annotate this proposal or can you think of any other places I can look?
Is there any chance I could get my hands on a copy of any of these policies?
Thanks and stay safe out there! RE: Stryker - MX-Pro