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Control measure

Make an early identification of the bariatric casualty

Control measure knowledge

Making an early identification of a bariatric casualty allows for an appropriate response by the fire and rescue service, initiating a response for advanced medical support and appropriate bariatric management equipment.

  • Make an early identification of the bariatric casualty
  • Make an early TILE risk assessment:
    • Task
    • Individual capability
    • Load
    • Environment
  • Use the principles of safer moving and handling:
    • Avoid
    • Assess
    • Reduce
  • Consider access and egress considerations or complications in getting to and from the casualty

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Enter into arrangements with local care providers and other agencies to establish protocols for response to bariatric rescue
  • Provide information, instruction and training to crews on the factors relating to the rescue of bariatric casualties

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Consider manual handling when planning to extricate or transport bariatric casualties
  • Adopt service protocols for multi-agency working at bariatric rescues