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Hospital accreditation, accommodations, and staffing for care of the bariatric surgical patient

Robert B Lim, MD, FACS, COL, MC, USA
Section Editor
Daniel Jones, MD
Deputy Editor
Wenliang Chen, MD, PhD


Obesity is defined as body mass index (BMI) >30 kg/m2. Obesity is increasing in prevalence in the United States (US), Canada, and worldwide [1-5]   Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data on obesity show a steady and appreciable increase in obesity and bariatric procedures in the United States from 1985 to 2008 (table 1) [2]. (See "Obesity in adults: Prevalence, screening, and evaluation", section on 'Screening'.)

This topic review will focus on the criteria for accreditation as a Center of Excellence in bariatric care, the structural adjustments, and allied health staffing and training that is necessary for a facility to properly accommodate bariatric surgical patients. The general approach to the management of obesity, a description of the operations, indications and preoperative preparation, and outcomes are discussed elsewhere.

(See "Obesity in adults: Overview of management".)

(See "Bariatric operations for management of obesity: Indications and preoperative preparation".)

(See "Bariatric procedures for the management of severe obesity: Descriptions".)


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