Hi there! I witnessed 1st hand some pretty horrible attitudes regarding a very large woman. The CNA's warned me right away that "shes a big one" as soon as I came on the floor. When the time came to transport her to another facility, the EMT's brought this stretcher that was 12 inches wide. I asked if they thought that it would be able to hold the pt and they said it hold's 600 lbs. (Why do they make them that way?) Anyway, the CNA's and the EMT's were having a great old time making cracks about weight, grunting and groaning when they slid her over to the stretcher. But even sadder, the woman's daughter was either embarassed or disgusted she wouldn't even hug this woman, her mother!! I just held her hand while she cried. She didn't feel safe teetering on this stretcher 4 feet in the air, held on by two straps with her arms and 1/2 of her body hanging over the sides.
I am not a small girl myself and I told myself that I would never want this to happen to me. And this kind of attitude is never, ever going to change. Someone should have been her advocate, maybe her nurse. She could have easily been transported in a larger wheelchair. I still can't stop thinking about this lady and hope she has an easier time where she's going.