A nurse has ordered a bariatric bed for an obese patient who will be admitted to the hospital unit. In addition to accommodating an obese patient, which of the following is a purpose of a bariatric bed?


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- It allows caregivers to reposition the patient and provide care easily

- It can help the patient raise to a standing position to ease getting out of bed

- It can weigh the patient and calculate the BMI

- It prevents infection by providing an antibacterial surface for the patient


Obese patients who weigh more than 400 lbs. often need to use bariatric beds, which are designed to accommodate larger size. These beds are useful in that they provide enough room for patients to move and reposition while allowing the nurse to continue to perform daily cares. Some bariatric beds can act as a scale and weigh patients but they typically do not calculate BMI.

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