Date of Award


Document Type

Capstone-Creative Project

Degree Name

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Program Name

Public Administration

Capstone Instructor

Dr. Christi S. Bartman


This paper on bariatric medical transport reports on a study, showing need for a bariatric transport program for Loudoun County, Virginia and then providing a best practice approach in designing and structuring a countywide bariatric transport plan, equipment cache, dispatch process, and training plan for Emergency Medical Services or EMS personnel. A preliminary search of population demographics showed that 30 percent of the United States population is obese, thus demonstrates a need for bariatric transport capabilities. A secondary search on bariatric best practice organizations and a continuous countywide committee process evaluated the current system and designed a process to initiate a new bariatric transport program. The best practice research and committee approach allowed for a collection of data from organizations that had successfully run bariatric transport systems throughout the world. This data was correlated within the committee with current Loudoun County Fire Rescue System operations, and then specific aspects of the best practices were adopted into the current system. Using the comparison and correlation process of the current services the committee provided a new bariatric transport program for Loudoun County by producing a policy, training and equipment manual, and presenting the program for approval by the EMS Operations Committee.



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