Obesity has been identified as a global pandemic impacting the public health service of this century. Currently, 1 in 3 adult Queenslanders are considered overweight and another 1 in 3 is considered obese. It is projected that there will be 1.5 million obese adults by 2020, 65% of all Queenslanders.
Metro South Health will continue to see an increase in obese patient presentations due to these trends, as they present for acute episodes with a background of chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, joint diseases and some cancers, and as we actively engage to provide surgical management options for this group of patients.
The MSH bariatric identification, classification and admission flowchart provides a framework that clearly identifies and maps patient requirements with resources to enhance service capability across MSH.
This project developed an agreed Metro South Health-wide bariatric patient management guideline and includes mapping of the service capability at each facility, training for staff and BMI/weight limits for obese patient management and referral to a higher level service. This is available to MSH Staff via the QHEPs Bariatric Care page (http://qheps.health.qld.gov.au/metrosouth/bariatric/home.htm).