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 2012.

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