Oct 10 2018 Archived Webinar

New and Emerging Bariatric Population – Exploring care for the individual weighing greater than 650 pounds
Presented by: Susan Gallagher PhD, RN
Recorded on Oct 10, 2018 

This webinar explores the SPHM challenges associated with care for the super-obese person or the person who weighs 650 – 1000 pounds, of which the population is increasing at an alarming rate and we are ill prepared to address. Science, literature, protocols and technology are largely unavailable. Etiologies of this rapidly emerging population, worker safety strategies, and methods for collaborative practice are presented. 

Susan Gallagher is a wound ostomy continence nurse, certified bariatric nurse, health care risk manager and certified safe patient handling professional. Dr. Gallagher holds a masters degree in nursing, a masters degree in religion and social ethics, and a PhD in policy ethics. Susan has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles, and contributed chapters on quality and safety in both the Handbook of Hospital Safety 2011 edition, and the 2012 book titled: Epidemic of Medical Errors and Hospital-Acquired Infections. Susan is author of the books titled, The Challenges of Caring for the Obese Patient, the 2013 American Nurses’ Association Implementation Guide to the Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Interprofessional National Standards and the all-new 2015 book titled: Bariatric Safe Patient Handling. She is a recognized expert in safety, outcomes and communication with an emphasis on bariatrics, skin and wound care, safe patient handling and mobility, and risk and loss control.


  • Describe the role of chronic toxic stressors and adiposity
  • Trends in differentiating size-specific care based on BMI
  • Explore the term super-obesity as it relates to SPHM
  • Identify strategies to locate SPHM resources for individuals with a BMI greater than 70

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15826, for 1 contact hour.

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