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A growing number of extremely obese Americans are posing new problems when it comes to emergency medical care. The number of "super obese" patients, with a body mass index above 50, has jumped from one in 2,000 to one in 400 in less than 15 years.
Click here for larger video Transporting and treating them has putting a strain on medical workers.
The flashing lights of an ambulance are reassuring signs that help is on the way, but according to a study published in the journal, Annals of Emergency Medicine, EMS workers and hospitals are struggling to handle an increasing number of super obese patients.
In Austin, some of them are using specialized equipment to treat them.
“A normal stretcher has a maximum lift of 600 pounds. This stretcher is rated for 800 pounds in the up position and 1,600 pounds in the down position,” said Thom Seeber, the clinical education services manager for American Medical Response, a private ambulance service.