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 2012.

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