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Control measure

Request specialist medical support for bariatric casualty

Control measure knowledge

Understanding the clinical issues associated with bariatric casualties for both trauma and medical situations is helpful. Shift resources should be managed as availability may be limited outside of normal working hours

Request an early deployment of advanced medical support because of an increased risk of complications to:

  • Airway management
  • Respiratory or ventilatory support
  • Cardiovascular compromise
  • Management of pre-existing medical conditions and comorbidities

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Ensure that responders understand the acute health risks to bariatric casualties and the advanced medical support that may be required and available.

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Request deployment of advanced or specialist medical support for bariatric casualty