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AORN J. 2013 Feb;97(2):195-206; quiz 207-9. doi: 10.1016/j.aorn.2012.11.018.

Implementing a bariatric surgery program.

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  • 1Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA, USA.


The number of people who are obese or morbidly obese is increasing in the United States. Currently, the most effective means of losing a substantial amount of weight and maintaining the weight loss is bariatric surgery, and health care providers, especially those in surgical services, must be able to safely care for patients undergoing these surgeries. Financial implications of starting a bariatric surgery program and the ongoing costs must be fully understood and supported by both administrators and employees. Special equipment and supplies are needed to handle the higher weight of bariatric patients, and careful planning is required for adequate medical and nursing expertise, staffing, equipment, supplies, facility resources, and patient support services.

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