Nursing Care of the Super Bariatric Patient: Challenges and Lessons Learned


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The purpose of this article is to describe the care of a “super bariatric” patient.

Design and Methods

We used a case study approach to describe the complex interdisciplinary care challenges posed in the care of a super bariatric patient at a Veterans Administration Hospital in the Midwest.


Nurses and other healthcare providers discovered ways to provide high-quality patient-centered care under challenging conditions and also ensure the safety and well-being of nursing staff and other providers.

Conclusions/Clinical Relevance

An interdisciplinary, patient-centered approach with advance planning and coordination is necessary to ensure the delivery of safe, high-quality nursing care to veterans with complex health problems who are “super bariatric.”