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The term “bariatric” was first used in 1977, and it is defined as, “relating to or specializing in the treatment of obesity.” Today, this term has spread to encompass a medical branch that is looking to serve around 300 million people globally, according to the World Health Organization.

This significant number of people classified as bariatric will likely increase in the future. Therefore, the American Medical Association (AMA) is constantly looking for ways to better accommodate patients. In fact, in a press release dated June 18, 2013, a spokesperson for the AMA stated, “…the AMA recognizes obesity as a disease requiring a range of medical interventions to advance obesity treatment and prevention.” Part of these “interventions” includes the use of technology to help care for bariatric patients, both during medical care and after.

Bariatric infographic.

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Helping to fill the demand for specialized medical equipment for bariatric patients, Ascension’s Protégé wheelchair lifts offer safety and support while maintaining patient comfort and dignity. Ascension’s Protégé is able to support a maximum weight capacity of 900 lbs., surpassing the industry standard 750 lbs. and enabling the lift to accommodate oversized wheelchairs. Thus, Ascension’s Protégé wheelchair lifts are an ideal solution for bariatric patients, as well as for medical facilities that support bariatric patients.

Protégé Wheelchair Lift

As with all Ascension wheelchair lifts, the Ascension Protégé provides the user with a comfortable and safe experience in an ADA-compliant lift, while its industry-leading 20-year drivetrain warranty protects their investment for many years to come.

For additional information about Ascension or for how the Ascension Protégé may be the ideal solution for your application, please contact a product specialist.

Ascension Protege wheelchair lift being used to access a church stage.
Ascension Protege wheelchair lift.
The Ascension Protege wheelchair lift being used at the Dayton City Hall.
Ascension Protege wheelchair lift in the raised position.