20 Feb 2015

Obese patients now being sent to zoos for scans, as normal equipment cannot accommodate them

Never mind the elephant enclosure or gorilla kingdom - one zoo could soon have a section for FAT people.
The animal park in the Czech capital Prague is set to build a special health centre for the country's 80,000 'super obese ' people.
And the Royal Veterinary College revealed that it had turned down requests for a similar service in the UK.
Czech officials drew up the plans for extremely overweight patients after discovering the only facilities large enough to handle some people are at the local zoo.
Patients complained about being sent for medical treatments using equipment normally reserved for animals - so now they are thinking about setting up a special people-only centre. 
Stepan Svacina, a doctor at the General University Hospital in the Czech capital, told Czech newspaper Lidove noviny that certain procedures demanded bigger tools.
He said: "We have special weight scales for those people who are extremely overweight but we cannot do computer tomography or magnetic resonance imaging on them because they do not fit in the devices. Some of the obese patients have had to undergo these treatments in the local zoo."
Around 200,000 people suffer from morbid obesity in the Czech Republic - regularly ranked as one of the fattest nations in Europe - and some 80,000 people suffering from so-called super obesity.
Obese patients will be given special surgery rooms with reinforced operating tables, stiffer and larger chairs and special beds, XXL lifts, and other medical equipment.
The practice of referring patients to zoos has reportedly also taken place in the United States where obesity has reached epidemic levels.
But in the UK vets and zoos have said their machinery is more commonly used for horses and is only licensed for use on animals.

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