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Her Loss, Their Gain - October 2019 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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understand why." Her confusion was certainly justified. After all, Ms. Pate wasn't on a bed restriction, and she wasn't hypotensive or dizzy. Didn't that mean she should be up and moving as soon as possible? A nurse's offhanded comment provided some context for the staff's overly cautious approach to her care. "I remember one nurse say- ing, 'You're really mobile,' like she was surprised," says Ms. Pate. "I think sometimes people make assumptions because of your weight that you can't do something, that you can't get up, or you can't walk, or you can't move." If colleagues of Ms. Pate, an OR nurse who routinely logged 12-hour shifts, held misguided assumptions about her lack of mobility, imagine what they think of unfa- miliar patients with high BMIs. Ms. Pate, who weighed 330 pounds at her heaviest, is down to 165 pounds. O C T O B E R 2 0 1 9 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 3 1 I think for a lot of people, even some within the medical community, obesity is still seen as a character flaw. — Mandy Pate, RN, CBN

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