Ask HRC: Use of Treadmills in Bariatric Surgery Programs

March 4, 2008 | Healthcare Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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A Healthcare Risk Control (HRC) System member recently asked for HRC’s recommendations regarding the use of treadmills in bariatric surgery programs.

The member’s facility is considering developing an exercise program for bariatric surgical patients. According to the HRC member, one goal is to incorporate treadmills into the hospital’s program so that patients develop a sense of and commitment to exercise. Patients undergo a laparoscopic banding procedure and have an average length of stay of 48 hours. At the request on one of its surgeons, the hospital was exploring whether...

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