Patient Safety and the Obesity Epidemic: How to Tackle the Risks of an Expanding Patient Population

Enrollment Information:
This enrollment will expire September 30, 2019.
You must complete all course requirements (including claiming CEs) and save/print the completion certificate by September 30, 2019.


Many healthcare facilities are unprepared to meet the special care needs of extremely obese patients, even as the nation addresses an unprecedented obesity epidemic. While much attention has been given to the growth of bariatric surgery programs, the healthcare concerns of extremely obese patients extend well beyond these weight-loss programs to all hospital departments, as well as ambulatory and long-term settings. Healthcare organizations must be prepared to meet the needs of this patient population to prevent patient harm and enhance patient satisfaction.


Learning Objectives:
By the end of this webinar-based self-study you should be able to:

  • Identify commonly reported adverse events associated with the care of obese patients
  • Identify healthcare facility strategies to reduce the risks associated with caring for obese patients
  • Describe the obese patient’s perspective navigating the healthcare system and confronting providers’ attitudes about obesity


Level of Learning:


Domain of Practice:
Clinical/Patient Safety


Barbara Rebold, MS, RN, CPHQ
Janet Mirza, MSN, RN, CPHRM


Criteria for Successful Completion:
To receive continuing nursing education contact hours, participants must achieve 80% on the post-test and complete an evaluation at its conclusion.


Continuing Education:
This program is approved contact hours toward the fulfillment of the requirements of ASHRM designations of FASHRM (Fellow) and DFASHRM (Distinguished Fellow) and toward CPHRM (Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management) renewal. CE credit may be used toward CPHRM renewal only by those holding the credential at the time of the program.

American Society for Healthcare Risk Management is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Contact Hours: 1.0 hour
Passing Score: 80%


Conflict of Interest Statement:
As required by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation, we would like to make you aware of all potential conflicts of interest.

This educational activity’s planners and presenters have indicated that they have no bias or conflict of interest.


Commercial Support:
There is no sponsorship for this event.


Date Published: March 2014
Date to be Reviewed:  Q1 2020
Date of Contact Hour Expiration:  Q4 2019