Journal articlesChallenges of wound management in bariatric patients

Challenges of wound management in bariatric patients

08/11/10 | Education, Service delivery | Claire Corbyn, Anita Ruch

Wound healing in bariatric patients may be impaired by obesity-related underlying medical conditions, including poor tissue perfusion as a result of reduced chest wall expansion during respiration, diabetes, and an increased risk of postoperative thrombophlebitis and pulmonary embolism (Troia, 2002; Baugh et al, 2007). Hospital systems should be in place to meet these challenges and to ensure that the patient is appropriately managed, both in relation to their wound and bariatric body dynamics. Although equipment provision is paramount as an extrinsic factor towards wound healing, it will not be a focus of this article, but mentioned in the case report.