Saturday, December 20, 2003

Retrofitting Hospitals For The Obese American
As the obesity epidemic continues unchecked in America, hospitals are being forced to retool everything from beds to operating rooms to treat severely overweight people.

Hospital officials say patients' expanding sizes require larger gowns, wider blood pressure cuffs, reinforced chairs, larger beds, stronger toilet mounts, bigger room and bathroom doorways, expanded showers and even longer syringes and surgical tools.

All that, including room supersizing, comes with a price tag and comes at a time when health care costs are soaring.