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Bariatric Patient Simulation
by Betty Molle - Thursday, October 8, 2009, 10:42 AM

Does anyone have hints/suggestions on creating a "bariatric" patient using Sim Man? We use pillows and blankets to simulate enlarged body size now, but its not as realistic as it could be.



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Re: Bariatric Patient Simulation
by Kimberly Roach - Wednesday, October 14, 2009, 3:05 PM


Place cotton batting or soft towels or folded sheet under the abdominal skin to desired


Manipulate as needed to remove lumps before lowering abdominal skin

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Re: Bariatric Patient Simulation
by Gavin Gardner - Thursday, May 30, 2013, 9:42 AM

Hi Betty!

I just ran across your post and I'm curious if you're still looking for ways to effectively simulate bariatric patients? 

There is a company that makes suits to place on your manikins to create the look you're going for.  On top of that, you can add weight to create real training with heavy patients.  The website is  I currently am the sales manager for Sim U Suit, so if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask!


Gavin Gardner