Obesity Threatens Emergency Services: Report

ABC News’ take on the effect of obese (and “super-obese”) patients in EMS and the ED.

Extra wide beds, stronger toilets and special patient lifting devices are becoming more and more common in emergency rooms. The reason for such new equipment? Hospitals across the United States are struggling to handle increasing numbers of extra-large patients.

And as the country’s rates of obesity and “superobesity” continue to climb, many worry that such accommodations will put an increasingly heavy toll on an already strained emergency services system.