National Association of County and City Health Officials. (2009). Special Needs Population: Emergency Management of Bariatric Patients.
Morbidly obese patients present challenges in emergency management, from adequate rescue transportation modes, to beds and chairs that will be needed to support them in shelter settings. In addition, this population may require a high degree of assistance, and are probably more likely to require hospitalization during and after a disaster event because of their co-morbidities such as hypertension and sleep apnea. This document addresses planning considerations for emergency managers and healthcare systems in communities affected by disasters.