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Bariatric Training Manikin


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Staff in every sector need training to handle heavier people effectively. “Globally, the number of overweight and obese individuals had risen to 1.46 billion in 2008, a 23% increase since 1980 (ODI Future Diets Report).”

Obesity is a genuine problem in Ireland and across the world, and judging by government figures and anecdotal evidence, the problem is rapidly getting worse. The need for heavyweight manikins has never been greater. All sectors, including Fire & Rescue, Hospitals, and Ambulance, can experience heavier casualties.

  • Healthcare: The growing requirement within the healthcare sector to be prepared for plus-size patients is not just a matter of comfort but also safety. Often, a ‘we will deal with it when we have to’ approach leads to patients facing a lack of dignified care and caregivers being at an even greater risk of injury due to lack of experience and planning.
  • Airlines: The need for training is not just theoretical. In a real-life scenario, Ruth Lee lent an RL180 to Airbus in Broughton, UK, for a multi-agency exercise. A passenger, Nicole, brought the exercise to a standstill due to her weight. It took the combined teams 15 minutes to formulate a plan to remove her from the training fuselage, highlighting the practical relevance of this issue.
  • Shipping: Cruise Ships could have many obese/bariatric passengers on board. Would your staff know how to deal with passengers of these weights?
  • Prisons: do your officers have sufficient training to move prisoners weighing more than 130 Kg if an incident arose?
  • Nursing Homes: not all situations will require emergency services. Could your staff manage? An obese dummy might help your staff to avoid injury through poor patient handling skills.

Casualties / Victims / Patients / Clients / Staff / Passengers come in all shapes and sizes – can you safely manoeuvre a plus-size person?

Features & Benefits

  • Constructed in waterproof Polyester, it conforms to BS EN ISO 6330, OEKO-TEX® Standard 100, and ISO 17050-1. It is tough, safe to handle, and easy to clean.
  • Anatomically correct weight distribution gives the ‘feel’ of an unconscious person, helping to improve pre-hospital clinical care.
  • Strong enough to be buried under concrete or steel lintels without damage, placed in or under vehicles—these manikins are tough enough for all training exercises!
  • Ruth Lee has worked hard to achieve a ‘fluidity of movement’ with the weight rather than just producing a heavy ‘lump’, so these manikins are realistic.
  • In rescue scenarios, they are designed for a team of at least 4-6 people to rescuer. They are supplied with a carrying sheet to assist in carrying and positioning the manikin. The carry sheet has a safe working load of up to 600kg (LOLER certified).
  • If required, the neck allows for fitting an immobilisation/extrication collar, promoting proper casualty care.
  • Ruth Lee has created a 50 kg version of the bariatric manikin, which provides the visual impact of a plus-size patient without excessive weight—perfect for healthcare settings and for manufacturers and suppliers of bariatric equipment to demonstrate their products safely.

Bariatric Obese Training Manikins

Who Uses Them?

  • 1st Call Mobility Ltd
  • Avon FRS
  • Babcock Training Limited
  • Bournemouth University School of Health & Social Care
  • Coventry City Council
  • Devon and Somerset FRS
  • East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS TRUST
  • East Of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust
  • Extratec
  • Greater Manchester FRS
  • Kent FRS
  • Lincolnshire FRS
  • Linet Uk Ltd
  • London Ambulance Service NHS TRUST
  • Merseyside FRS
  • North East Ambulance Service AMB HQ
  • Outreach Rescue
  • Scottish Ambulance Service
  • South Central Ambulance Service
  • South Yorkshire FRS
  • Warwickshire FRS
  • Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust
  • West Midlands FRS
  • West Sussex FRS
  • Wiltshire & Swindon Fire Authority
  • Yorkshire Ambulance Service
  • Princess Alexandra Hosp – Loganholme, Australia
  • Mayo Clinic – USA
  • Philips Healthcare – USA

Product Details

  • Constructed in waterproof Polyester, it conforms to BS EN ISO 6330), OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 and ISO 17050-1. These manikins can be washed down with soapy water to keep them clean.
  • Padding – 25mm flame retardant Polyurethane foam VE38200 (conforms to BS2852: Part 2:1982).
  • The fluidity of movement is created by distributing the weight in 1/2 Kg packets across the nylon-covered f/r foam.
  • Made in the UK – all manikins conform strictly to our ISO9001:2015 standards.

Available Sizes

Name Code Height (m) Weight (kg) NATO Stock No
50Kg Bariatric Adult RLN50B 1.8 50
90Kg Bariatric Adult RLN90B 1.8 90
180Kg Bariatric Adult RLN180 1.8 180
260Kg Bariatric Adult RLN260 1.8 260


Bariatric Training Manikin

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