Bariatric Stretcher Transportation: A Vital Service for Bariatric Patients in Arizona

May 16 2024
Bariatric Stretcher Transportation: A Vital Service for Bariatric Patients in Arizona

Bariatric Stretcher Rides & Accessible Transportation


Finding transportation that accommodates the unique needs of individuals living with obesity can be challenging. In Arizona, a solution exists in the form of specialized bariatric stretcher transportation services provided by HealthLift NEMT of AZ, which cater specifically to the mobility requirements of these patients.

What is Bariatrics?

Bariatrics is a specialized medical field that deals with the prevention, treatment, management, and research of the causes of obesity. It comes from the Greek word báros, which means “weight,” and -iatrics, which means “healing, medical practice.”

An individual is considered a bariatric patient when their Body Mass Index (BMI), a tool used to assess weight relative to height, reaches 30 or exceeds it.

Obese Woman in Need of Bariatric Stretcher Transportation

Factors Affecting Weight

  1. Age
  2. Sex – women generally have a higher body fat percentage
  3. Lifestylesmoking, stress, exercise regularity, alcohol consumption
  4. Eating Habitsmeal regularity, how many meals in a day, meal timing, amount of food, type of food
  5. Genetics
  6. Hormones
  7. Mental Health – anxiety; eating as a coping mechanism; conditions such as depression, pica, binge-eating disorder, anorexia, bulimia
  8. Environment – climate, terrain, availability of food
  9. Cultureviews on food and eating; beauty standards; upbringing
  10. Socioeconomic Status – financial factors; education and knowledge of health and nutrition
  11. Medications
  12. Pre-existing Conditions and Illnesses – illnesses that can affect eating or appetite; illnesses that affect hormones

Health Challenges of Bariatric Patients

Bariatric patients often suffer from various disorders that can complicate their daily lives. Common health issues include type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and osteoarthritis, along with respiratory problems and sleep apnea, which get exacerbated by excess weight. Mobility can also be severely restricted, making it difficult for these individuals to use standard medical transportation without the specific accommodations a bariatric stretcher provides.

What is Bariatric Transportation?

The physical size and weight of bariatric patients pose significant challenges in transportation. Standard vehicles and medical transport services are typically not equipped to handle the specialized needs of these individuals, leading to difficulties in entering and exiting vehicles, increased risk of injury, and discomfort during transportation. Moreover, the lack of appropriate rides can lead to delayed or missed medical appointments and further health deterioration.

Bariatric transportation is designed to safely and comfortably move patients who weigh 300 pounds or more. These services are equipped with bariatric stretchers, which are more robust and broader than standard stretchers, to handle increased weight capacities and provide additional space for patient comfort.

HealthLift’s Role in Facilitating Bariatric Stretcher Transportation

HealthLift NEMT of AZ recognizes the urgent need for specialized non-ambulatory services in Metro Phoenix and Tucson, particularly for bariatric patients. Our vehicles are equipped with bariatric stretchers specifically designed to support larger patients comfortably and safely, ensuring that patients are transported without the risk of harm and with the dignity they deserve. We also have lifts and ramps to make getting in and out of the vehicle smooth and effortless. This careful attention to detail in equipment and service design significantly reduces the stress and health risks they might experience during their journey.

Enhancing Mobility and Quality of Life

By providing bariatric stretcher transportation, HealthLift addresses the logistical challenges of transporting bariatric patients. Our reliable and comfortable fleet increases the likelihood of these patients attending regular healthcare appointments, thus managing their conditions more effectively. It also allows them to engage more with their communities and participate in events outside their homes, which can positively affect their psychosocial well-being.  

As the demand for bariatric-specific services grows, the dedicated providers at HealthLift become increasingly important, ensuring that all individuals, regardless of their size, receive the respect and care they deserve. Sign up with us now and book transportation for yourself or your loved ones.

With HealthLift’s commitment to top-tier care and state-of-the-art bariatric stretcher accommodations, you’re not just choosing a service — you’re embracing a new standard of mobility and independence. Experience the difference today and move forward with confidence!