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Delayed ED Care for the Morbidly Obese

The disposition home for morbidly obese patients appears to take significantly longer than that of people who are normal weight or mildly obese, according to a comparison of ED medical records for the two patient groups. Those with BMIs greater than 40 kg/m2 had an average length of stay of 388 minutes, compared with 287 minutes for those with a BMI less than 35 kg/m2. When compared with others, morbidly obese patients were also significantly more likely to undergo CT scans. Abstract: American Journal of Emergency Medicine, June...

Delayed ED Care for the Morbidly Obese

An analysis of ED medical records suggests that morbidly obese patients take significantly longer to disposition home when compared with patients of normal weight. Patients with a BMI of less than 35 kg/m2 had an average length of stay of 287 minutes, compared with an average of 388 minutes for those with a BMI higher than 40 kg/m2. When compared with patients of normal weight or with mild obesity, the authors also found that those with a BMIs higher than 40 kg/m2 were significantly less likely to undergo CT scans. Abstract: American Journal of Emergency Medicine, June...
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